BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced that Julia Ireland has been named the new assistant coach for women's ice hockey.
Ireland joins the Polar Bears after a distinguished playing career and coaching stint at Middlebury, where she graduated in 2011 with degrees in English/American Literatures and History.
The captain of the Panthers during her senior year, Ireland's teams earned a combined record of 78-13-8. She made three NCAA Tournament appearances, twice advanced to the Frozen Four, while winning a pair of NESCAC titles. During her senior season, Ireland earned second-team All-NESCAC honors. She finished the season third on the team with 21 points, coming on a dozen goals and nine assists.
She stayed with the Panthers as a coach following graduation where she assisted head coach Bill Mandigo. In her two years behind the bench, Middlebury posted a 41-12-5 mark, won the 2012 NESCAC Championship and twice advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, including a runner-up finish in 2013.
Ireland joins Bowdoin head coach Marissa O'Neil and the Polar Bears, who are coming off their most successful season in nearly a decade. Bowdoin won the 2013 NESCAC crown over Middlebury last March and posted a 21-5-2 overall record, including the team's first NCAA appearance since 2005.