New Hampshire announced Tuesday that Stephanie Jones has been promoted to women’s associate head coach for the upcoming 2015-16 season, her 10th season with the program in a coaching capacity.
Jones, a 2005 UNH graduate, joined the New Hampshire coaching staff as an assistant coach in the 2006-07 season and retained that position until assuming the role of interim co-head coach during the 2013-14 season. She resumed the role of assistant coach last year.
“Stephanie’s work ethic, commitment, experience and loyalty to the University of New Hampshire and the women’s hockey program over the past 10 years as a coach and four years as a player is unmatched,” second-year head coach Hilary Witt said in a statement. “She very much deserves this promotion and our student-athletes will greatly benefit from it.”
“I would personally like to thank Coach Witt and the athletic department for this opportunity,” Jones added. “The University of New Hampshire is an outstanding place to work and I am honored to be part of such a prestigious women’s ice hockey program.”
Following graduation, Jones began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Colgate for the 2005-06 season. She returned to her alma mater one year later and helped UNH advance to the NCAA tournament four consecutive years from 2007 through 2010.
Jones was elevated to the positon of interim co-head coach in December 2013 and held that position through the remainder of that season. She remained with the program for the 2015 season following Witt’s hiring.