Connolly joins Christie Cicero on the staff of first-year head coach Bryan Vines.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Tara to the RPI women’s hockey family, said Vines in a statement. “She is a tireless recruiter, great teacher and even better person. Her ability to forge lasting relationships with student-athletes and help them develop to their full potential, on and off the ice, will be an asset to our program and we are excited to see the lasting impact she makes.”
Connolly joins Rensselaer after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Wesleyan. She was responsible for practice plans and managed the forward lines, power-play units and goaltending. Also assisting in the team’s strength and conditioning program, she was tasked with designing and executing goaltender train and skills programs, including goalie-specific clinics and player skills sessions.
In 38 career games in goal at Bowdoin, Connolly posted a 21-11-3 record with a 2.21 GAA and a .914 save percentage. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and teaching in 2013, before earning her master’s in liberal studies-social sciences from Wesleyan in 2016.