Minnesota Duluth women’s coach Crowell named head coach of U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team

Maura Crowell (Harvard - Assistant Coach) - The visiting Dartmouth College Big Green defeated the Harvard University Crimson 3-2 on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Maura Crowell led Minnesota Duluth to a 15-16-4 overall record during the 2017-18 season (photo: Melissa Wade).

USA Hockey announced Wednesday that Minnesota Duluth women’s coach Maura Crowell has been named head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team for the 2018-19 season.

Joining her as assistant coaches will be Union coach Josh Sciba and Brianna Decker, a member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic women’s team.

“We are excited for Maura to lead the charge and are confident that our U18 team will benefit from the expertise of this uniquely qualified coaching staff in the coming season,” said USA Hockey director of women’s hockey Reagan Carey in a statement.

Crowell will lead the U.S. Under-18 Women’s Select Team at the 2018 Under-18 Women’s Series against Canada from Aug. 14-19 in Calgary, and guide the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship that is anticipated to take place in early 2019.

She will also serve on the staff at the upcoming Under-18 Girls Select Player Development Camp June 23-29 in Biddeford, Maine, as well as during the 2018 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y.