Beginning next season, the University of Vermont has lifted women’s hockey to varsity status. The team will continue to play in the ECAC Women’s Alliance, where it has been a member since the team’s inception in 1995.
“This university has a strong history of promoting the personal development of its student-athletes by providing a comprehensive and equitable varsity sports program,” school president Judith Ramaley said. “This step takes us farther along that path, and it fits well with our athletic mission.”
“The women’s ice hockey club team has functioned with Student Association sponsorship for a number of years, and has solidly maintained its student interest,” said athletic director Richard Farnham.
Dennis Miller, a former Vermont men’s hockey player, has served as the part-time coach for the past two seasons. Miller was Koho Coach of the Year last season in the ECAC Women’s Alliance after guiding the Catamounts to an overall record of 12-7-4. Farnham and Miller will meet in the coming days to discuss coaching the team next season.