Becker names former Utica assistant, player Kelley as first women’s coach

Becker has announced that Eliza Kelley will be the first women’s head coach for the Hawks.

“I am humbled and extremely excited to have the opportunity to begin the women’s ice hockey program at Becker College,” Kelley said in a news release. “Becker has built a reputation of attracting quality student-athletes to its programs and I look forward to growing both that repute and the great game of ice hockey in such a supportive environment.”

Kelley comes to Becker after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Utica, where she also played from 2007 to 2010.

“Eliza Kelley brings experience as both a player and coach at the women’s Division III level,” added Becker director of athletics Frank Millerick. “She has earned the reputation as a relentless recruiter and her winning attitude will help Becker’s women’s ice hockey program come out strong in its first season.”