ITHACA, N.Y. — Melody Davidson, an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2002 Canadian Olympic women’s team, has been named as the new women’s head coach at Cornell.
“We are thrilled to have Melody join our coaching staff,” said Cornell athletic director Andy Noel. “She has a wealth of experience from coaching at the highest level of women’s hockey, which will likely translate into success here at Cornell. Her knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for the sport make her an ideal leader to advance our women’s hockey program within the Ivy League and competitive Eastern College Athletic Conference.”
Davidson, who has spent the last two years with the Canadian National Team, replaces Carol Mullins, whose contract was not renewed following last season. The Big Red finished sixth in the ECAC Northern Division with a record of 7-8-1, 9-18-1 overall.
Davidson also served as head coach of the 1999-2000 Canadian National Team, directing the squad to a sixth consecutive gold medal at the 2000 Women’s World Hockey Championship.
She is making her return to the U.S. college ranks, having served as head coach of women’s ice hockey at Division III Connecticut College from 1997-2000, including the team’s first varsity season ever in her first year.
Davidson has also been an assistant coach with the Edmonton Chimos in 1996-97, helping the team to a gold medal at the 1997 Esso National Women’s Hockey Championship. She coached Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games in 1995.
Davidson is a 1986 graduate of the University of Alberta.