Head coach Nate Handrahan has added Duggan and Maurice to his coaching staff.
May 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey head coach Nate Handrahan has announced the hiring of Carson Duggan and Keith Maurice as assistant coaches on his staff. Duggan comes to Ohio State after spending the last two seasons as head women’s hockey coach at Trinity College (CT). Maurice has spent the last ten years as an assistant coach at Norwich University.
Duggan, who hails from Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, was promoted to interim head coach at Trinity College for the 2011-12 season after serving one year as an assistant coach. She was named head coach of the program in the spring of 2012 and in her two seasons at the helm, guided the Bantams to an overall record of 28-19-4. Duggan was honored as NESCAC Coach of the Year by her coaching peers and also named New England Hockey Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year by the media in her first season as head coach.
“Carson is a great addition to our program here at Ohio State,” Handrahan said. “She is a terrific coach who gets the most out of her players. She has been on a very steep incline in the coaching world and is considered one of our rising stars. Her experiences through her playing days, having been to four straight NCAA tournaments, and as a coach will be very beneficial in guiding our players in the direction we want to head.”
“I feel very fortunate to be coming to an athletic department with such rich history like Ohio State does,” Duggan said. “I am extremely excited to be back at the Division I level and am anxious to begin working with Nate, Keith and the entire team that makes up the Buckeye women’s hockey program.
Nate and the rest of the athletic department have been so welcoming and helpful in my transition and I would like to thank them for this opportunity. I truly value my experience and relationships at Trinity and will bring those experiences with me to help the Buckeye program in any way I can.”
Maurice was chosen as the first full-time women’s hockey assistant coach at Norwich University prior to the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, he served as a part-time assistant coach for the program since 2003. During his time as an assistant at Norwich, Maurice helped establish the Cadets as a perennial powerhouse in Division III women’s hockey, including four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, three straight national championship game appearances and winning the 2011 National Championship.
“Keith has a track record of success both on the recruiting trail and on the ice,” Handrahan said. “The level of championship experience he brings will be extremely valuable to our culture here. He is a very diligent, thorough coach who will serve our program well. We are very fortunate that Keith and his family decided to be Buckeyes.”
“I’m really excited to be joining the Buckeye family and being part of the proud tradition of Ohio State,” Maurice said. “I loved my time at Norwich but I’m looking forward to the new challenges as well as working with Nate and continuing the success the Buckeyes have seen under his direction.”
Graduating cum laude in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Duggan was also a four-year letterwinner on the women’s hockey squad at St. Lawrence. She finished her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, including becoming the first at St. Lawrence to score over 100 career goals.
Duggan was named ECAC Hockey’s Co-Rookie of the Year in 2006 following her first season and finished her career as a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic team member. She was named the Saints’ Most Valuable Player and the St. Lawrence Martha Finch Female Athlete of the Year following her senior season in 2009.
In her time at St. Lawrence, Duggan helped lead the Saints to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. She added a master’s degree in economics from Trinity in 2012.
A member of the men’s hockey team at Norwich from 1998-2002, Maurice helped capture the first of three national championships for the program in 2000. The defenseman served as captain in 2002 during his senior season, guiding the Cadets on another NCAA title run before falling just short in the national title game.
During his four-year playing career, the Cadets won three ECAC East Tournament championships and made three NCAA Final Four appearances. Maurice was named ECAC East Second Team following his senior season. He graduated with a degree from Norwich in 2002.
Maurice has also served as a head coach and assistant coach at several USA Hockey festivals for select 12-, 13- and 14-year old players. Maurice and his wife Meghan have two children, Chace and Max.
Ohio State finished the 2012-13 season with 19 wins and a trip to the WCHA Final Face-Off. The Buckeyes return 18 letterwinners to go along with five new incoming recruits for the 2013-14 campaign.