College Hockey:
Harvard’s Stone to coach women’s Olympic team in 2014

Harvard head coach Katey Stone, who just completed her 18th season behind the Crimson bench, has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic women’s team that will compete in Sochi, Russia.

Stone’s 378 career wins is tops among active coaches in Division I.

“Katey knows what it takes to build gold-medal teams,” said USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio in a statement. “We’re very excited to have her continue to lead our U.S. Women’s National Team up to and through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.”

Stone will guide the national team through the Olympics, as well as at the Four Nations Cup this November in Finland, at the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., and in other scheduled games as part of the build-up to the Olympics.

“We are confident in Katey’s ability to continue to effectively lead and develop this team through the Olympics,” added USA Hockey director of women’s hockey Reagan Carey. “She will be able to leverage and build on all of the work that she and our players have invested the last two years to prepare for gold in 2014.”

Stone most recently served as head coach of the women’s national team that won silver at the 2012 Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt. Last year, Stone guided the U.S. to what was at the time its third straight gold medal at the World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland.

She also led the U.S. to the gold medal at the first-ever Women’s World Under-18 Championship in 2008 and coached the U.S. entry in the Under-18 Series (2007) and the Under-22 Series (2006). In addition, Stone guided Team USA to a pair of first-place finishes at the Four Nations Cup, initially in 2008 when the team captured the title for the first time since 2003, and again in 2011.

At Harvard, Stone guided the team to the 1999 American Women’s Collegiate Hockey Alliance national championship, three straight appearances in the NCAA championship game (2003-05), nine NCAA tournament appearances in the event’s 12-year history, six ECAC regular-season titles, five ECAC Hockey tournament championships, five Ivy League titles and 10 Beanpot championships.

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