Wisconsin Names First Women’s Coach

Julie Sasner (formerly Andeberhan), the head women’s coach at Cornell, has been hired as the first varsity women’s coach at Wisconsin. Sasner, 32, will receive a three-year contract with a base salary of $65,000 beginning Aug.1; her new team is expected to start play in the 1999-2000 season.

Sasner compiled a 15-8-3 record last year with Cornell, one season after winning the Ivy League title. She was named 1995 Coach of the Year by the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association, and has a 53-60-6 career record with the Big Red.

Said Wisconsin associate athletic director Mike Moss, who chaired the search committee, “Julie is an excellent person to build our women’s hockey program and add to the strong tradition of Badger hockey.”

Sasner was a player on the first U.S. Women’s National Team in 1990, which won the silver medal at the world championships. She served as an assistant coach with the 1995 U.S. National Junior Team and the 1995 U.S. women’s select Team that competed in Finland.

In 1996, she earned her first national head coaching position, leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to a silver medal at the Pacific Women’s Hockey Championship in Vancouver, B.C.