Morgan Named St. Norbert Women's Ice Hockey Coach

From Sports Information Director, July 21, 2009 | Women's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College has named Rob Morgan as its first women's ice hockey head coach, athletics director Tim Bald announced today.

Morgan has spent the last six years as the associate head coach at Dartmouth College, helping the Big Green to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons. Dartmouth was 128-53-18 during his six-year coaching tenure.

"St. Norbert College is among the best liberal arts colleges in the Midwest, and boasts a very strong athletics program," Morgan said. "Our team will represent St. Norbert College with a great sense of pride and competitive spirit within the National Collegiate Hockey Association."

Morgan will have the opportunity to build the women's ice hockey program at St. Norbert from scratch, with the Green Knights taking to the ice for the 2010-11 season.

"Rob Morgan's background and experience identified him to be the ideal architect of this program, building it from the ground up," Bald said. "Rob and his family will be a great fit for the St. Norbert community and we look forward to them joining us."

In his time at Dartmouth, Morgan had a hand in the Big Green going to four NCAA Tournaments, five ECAC Final Fours and two Ivy League championships. Morgan coached four Olympians, 13 U-22 national team players and one All-American. Morgan coordinated recruiting and also coached the defensemen.

"We at St. Norbert are delighted to have Rob joining us as the founding coach of our women's hockey team," St. Norbert president Thomas Kunkel said. "He is an outstanding coach, and he has great experience recruiting top student-athletes to high-quality programs. Rob has succeeded everywhere he's been, and with great class. We can't wait until his first team takes the ice."

Prior to arriving at Dartmouth, Morgan was the head hockey coach at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, N.Y., finishing with a 15-4-1 record and leading the team to the 2003 NEWCHA championship. During the 2001-02 season Morgan was the head coach of the Medicine Hat Hawks, and was later selected to coach one of eight teams at the Alberta Winter Games, where his team went undefeated and won the gold medal. In 2000-01, Morgan led the University of Lethbridge's team which finished fourth in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association, finishing 16-11-3 while being named Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year.

Morgan graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 and earned his master's degree from the University of Lethbridge.