“We are so excited to have Kelly joining our staff at Princeton,” said Princeton head coach Cara Morey in a statement. “Kelly was an excellent player and her experience will translate well to our athletes. Kelly is one of the best player-development coaches I have seen in women’s hockey and together with Ashley Kilstein, our players are in great hands.”
Nash won two national titles at Wisconsin, in 2009 and 2011, as the Badgers made three Frozen Four appearances during her career. In 153 career games, Nash totaled 69 points on 22 goals and 47 assists. Her most notable performance was scoring the overtime game-winning goal against Minnesota in the WCHA championship, as the team overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to win its fourth consecutive league championship.
“I’m extremely excited and honored to join the Princeton women’s hockey staff,” Nash added. “Thank you to Cara Morey and the athletic department for the opportunity to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable staff, as well as a talented group of student-athletes. I am eager to get started and help contribute to another strong season for the Princeton Tigers.”
Following graduation, Nash continued to play professionally with the Vienna (Austria) Sabres of the European Hockey League.
Nash’s coaching career began with the Middlesex (Massachusetts) Islanders before she earned her first collegiate coaching position at Vermont in 2013.
A native of Bonita, Calif., Nash earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2011 and is currently working towards her master’s in education in interdisciplinary studies from Vermont.