Assistant coaching positions at NCAA powers Minnesota-Duluth and Harvard have opened the door for Joakim Flygh’s first head coaching position.
Flygh was named Yale’s women’s coach on Wednesday, elevating him to a top spot after nine seasons as an assistant.
“We are thrilled to have Joakim taking over our women’s hockey program,” Yale athletic director Tom Beckett said in a statement. “He has helped two programs become national powers while honing his coaching skills under the great leadership of Katey Stone [Harvard] and Shannon Miller [UMD].”
The teams with which Flygh coached over the last nine years — Harvard, Minnesota-Duluth and the New England College men’s team — combined for a 176-69-21 record.
He spent three years at each school; his time at New England College, his alma mater, was as a graduate assistant.
“I would like to thank two of my women’s hockey coaching mentors — Katey Stone from Harvard and Shannon Miller from the University of Minnesota-Duluth,” Flygh said. “I have learned a lot about building and maintaining successful programs from these women and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach with them.”
Flygh twice briefly took the helm at Harvard while Stone was coaching the U.S. National Team. He led the Crimson to a 4-0-1 record in games where he was the acting head coach.