Fall 2009 | Gateway to Learning
Now recruiting for new women’s hockey program
|Rob Morgan (Athletics)
Building on a winning tradition, St. Norbert will add women’s hockey as a varsity sport next fall. Head coach Rob Morgan is already recruiting for the opening season.
Morgan has spent the last six years as associate head coach of the women’s team at Dartmouth College. He helped the Big Green to the NCAA Tournament in each of its last three seasons. Dartmouth was 128-53-18 during his six-year coaching tenure. 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 coached the defensemen and also coordinated recruiting, so he was able to bring to his new position a “deep list” of prospective student-athletes, he says.
He 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.“I believe it’s about informing the women’s hockey community about the St. Norbert College advantage in all areas of the student experience,” he says. “After this, it’s about finding the right kids: a certain type of student-athlete, one who would be excited about the challenge that lies ahead and the great rewards and memories gained by being amongst the founding members of St. Norbert women’s hockey.”
All but five weekends throughout the year Morgan will be off-campus watching hockey, meeting high school and club coaches, and speaking with parents and prospective student athletes throughout the U.S. and Canada. While his focus is on recruiting for next year, he is also evaluating juniors and sophomores in preparation for his second and third recruiting classes. “Important is knowing (approximately) the Division I cutoff. This has allowed me to really focus on those marginal Division I kids who would be a great fit here at St. Norbert College. I plan on leaning on some of my coaching colleagues who have started programs from scratch to find out what worked, what didn’t and what would they do differently.”
In addition to the recruiting, Morgan is putting together next year’s schedule and ensuring the team’s equipment needs will be in place. He is hoping to find some time to watch some of the top teams within the conference (the Women’s Northern Collegiate Hockey Association) so he won’t be going into his first season blind to the competition.
And he is enjoying some of the details, too: his involvement in designing the team jersey and the new locker room facility at the Cornerstone Community Center’s newly constructed Resch Olympic Pavilion.
Earlier in his career, Morgan was selected to coach one of eight teams at the Alberta Winter Games, where his team won the gold medal.
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