SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Union has hired Tim Gerrish as the new head women’s coach. Gerrish was earlier reported to be the frontrunner by USCHO.com.
Gerrish comes to Union from Middlebury, where he was an assistant to men’s coach Bill Beaney and helped guide the Panthers to a 27-3 record and the NCAA Division III Men’s Championship. Currently, Gerrish is an assistant coach for Ben Smith on the US Women’s National Team.
“We are excited to have someone of Tim’s caliber join our staff,” said Union athletic director Val Belmonte. “Tim is a true coaching educator and he brings a diverse background to the College and our women’s hockey program.
“With his passion for education and knowledge of the game, Tim will blend into the fabric of Union and will have an immediate impact on our program.”
Prior to his stint with Middlebury, Gerrish was the head coach at North Country Community College for 24 years.
Gerrish has extensive experience with USA Hockey. That includes helping guide the 1996 US Women’s Select Team to a silver medal as an assistant in the Pacific Women’s Hockey Championship. He was also an assistant for the silver medal-winning 2001 US Women’s National Team at the Women’s World Championships,
and was also an assistant in 2002 when the Select Women’s Team won silver at the 2002 Four Nations Cup. In 2003 he also served as an assistant as the Select Team won the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup.
Union just finished its first season as a Division I program, going 4-29-1, 1-17-0 in the ECAC. Union’s four wins last season were against New England College, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and Cornell.
Gerrish replaces Fred Quistgard, whose contract was not renewed at the end of last season.