Mark Hudak, Dartmouth’s associate head coach for women’s hockey for the last two seasons, has been promoted to head coach, replacing Judy Oberting, who resigned in June due to personal reasons. He joined the Dartmouth athletic staff as assistant coach in July, 1998.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to head this team that I’ve been deeply involved with for five years,” said Hudak. “I welcome the challenge and look forward to working with the talented student-athletes who form the foundation of this program.”
With Hudak behind the Dartmouth bench, the Big Green advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2001 and 2003 and won the 2001 and 2002 Ivy League championships. Dartmouth also claimed a pair of ECAC Championships in 2001 and 2003. Since joining the Big Green women’s hockey program, Hudak helped Dartmouth amass a won-loss record of 114-40-8 in five years.
A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Hudak played four years of varsity hockey for the Cadets. A commissioned field artillery officer in the U.S. Army from 1989-92, he received the Army Commendation Medal and three Army Achievement Medals for superior performance and service.
Hudak headed the boys’ hockey team at New Hampton School from 1993-96 and taught in the math and history departments. He also was an assistant men’s hockey coach at Cortland State University from 1992-93.
From 1996-98, Hudak was the hockey program director for the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. While there, he created, administered and developed a varsity program for girls as well as varsity and jayvee programs for boys. As coach of the boys’ varsity, Hudak compiled a won-loss record of 58-17-7.
Hudak has been involved in numerous hockey camps, including the Elite Hockey Camp held at Dartmouth.
“We’re delighted to have Mark at the helm of our women’s hockey program,” said Dartmouth athletic director Josie Harper. “His leadership and expertise make him a natural choice for this position.”