CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Tom Mutch, an assistant coach with the gold medal winning 1998 U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, was named the new head coach of the Boston College women’s team.
Mutch leaves his post as men’s assistant coach at his alma mater, Northeastern, to take the reins of the Eagles. He succeeds Tom Babson, who retired as head coach at the end of the 2002-03 season.
“We are very pleased that Coach Mutch will be joining our staff,” said BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo. “Tom is an excellent young coach with an exciting future. We’re confident he will be a fine leader for our women’s hockey program.”
Said Mutch, “I’m very excited to join the Boston College athletic staff. I hope to build a very competitive program.
“Competing in Hockey East, a league with some fine teams, will be a great challenge, but it will also be a lot of fun.”
Mutch was an assistant coach with the U.S. women’s national team for two years (1996-98), culminating in the gold medal win in Japan.
He was an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha from 2000-02 before returning to Northeastern, where he served his second stint as assistant coach with the Huskie men’s team. Mutch also coached at Northeastern from 1994-96.
Mutch is a 1992 graduate of Northeastern, where he played both hockey and baseball, captaining the latter team as a catcher. He went on to play pro hockey in the U.S. and Germany before moving into the coaching ranks.