If the new University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey assistant coach appears to be familiar, that’s because she should be.
The Bulldogs have announced that former three-time NCAA Champion Michelle McAteer will join UMD as an assistant coach, replacing the coaching void left by McAteer’s former teammate, Caroline Ouellette.
“I think it's absolutely awesome that Michelle is coming back here to coach after being a player here for four years and a graduate assistant for two years,” said a head coach Shannon Miller. “After having gone off to coach the last three years in other programs, she will bring a mix of familiarity along with outside experience and views to our program. She’s a great person and will be a fantastic addition to our staff.”
A native of Toronto, McAteer spent the last season as an assistant coach with the Vaughan Flames of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Prior to her stay with the Flames, she was an assistant coach for the Harvard women’s hockey team.
The 2003 UMD graduate with a BA in communications earned her masters degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Superior while assisting the Bulldogs as a graduate assistant during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
McAteer was a two-time assistant captain for UMD and finished her career with 67 points (35-32=67) in four years with the Maroon and Gold. Her leadership helped the Bulldogs capture the 2001, 2002, and 2003 NCAA titles, as well as the 2000 and 2003 WCHA regular season title. UMD also earned the WCHA playoff titles in 2000, 2001 and 2003 during McAteer’s tenure. She was a three-time WCHA All-Academic team and AWCHA All-American Scholar selection, as well as having earned the WCHA postgraduate scholarship in 2003 and was named UMD’s Most Valuable Player in 2002.