Yale Adds Koizumi to Women’s Coaching Staff

Former Minnesota-Duluth captain and assistant coach Jessica Koizumi has joined new Yale coach Joakim Flygh’s staff as an assistant.

Koizumi, who played at Minnesota-Duluth from 2003 to 2007 and also was part of the world championship 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team, spent last season as an assistant coach at the North American Hockey Academy.

She also was a part-time player for the Montreal Stars in the Central Women’s Hockey League. This season, she will have the same role for the new Boston team in the same league.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Jess join our staff,” Flygh said in a statement. “She will be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes and I am excited for her to start working with our players on and off the ice. She comes from a culture of winning and she is passionate about the game. As a player, Jess was meticulous in her preparation — I have no doubt that this will carry through in her coaching. Jess is an important addition to our staff as we look to build a very competitive program.”