Dartmouth announced Friday that Joe Marsh will serve as women’s hockey interim head coach for the upcoming 2017-18 season while Laura Schuler assumes head coaching responsibilities for the Canadian Olympic Team.
Marsh is the former longtime head coach of the St. Lawrence men’s hockey team, guiding the Saints from behind the bench for 27 years from 1985 through 2012.
During his time in Canton, Marsh amassed a program-record 482 wins with two regular season ECAC Hockey titles and five tournament championships. In both 1988 and 2000, Marsh led the Saints to the NCAA’s Frozen Four, taking his team to the national title game in the former.
The two-time national coach of the year (1989 and 2000), Marsh was also tabbed as the recipient of the Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Hockey’s top coach four times during his career (1989, 1992, 2000 and 2001) — the most in league history.
“I’m excited to step in and help Laura’s program,” Marsh said in a statement. “I’m coming into a program that Laura and her staff are continuing to establish on a national level. Philosophically, we are on the same page.
“The transition should be easy because of how well she has built and organized this program in her time here.”
“It’s really exciting to have someone of Joe’s caliber, experience and character step in,” Schuler added. “There is no doubt he will help to take our team in a positive direction. Joe and I spent a lot of time talking about our team’s vision, direction and plan. It was evident this will be a smooth transition and I felt that both he and I were on the same page.”
Marsh will join the Big Green staff that features assistant coaches Chris Cobb and Courtney Sheary.