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New hockey coach, former Olympian, sets sights high

Women’s hockey at Hamline scored a big win with three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz signing on as head coach this year.

The Minnesota native was a triple All-American at the University of Minnesota and is the school’s all-time leader in points scored with 246. She also played in eight world tournaments and 10 “4 Nations Cup” events.

The new coach has high expectations for Hamline’s hockey program, which she plans to position as one of the best in the nation. She expects her student athletes to work hard both on the ice and in the classroom to achieve a high level of success.

Darwitz leads by example: “I want to be the type of coach that is doing the right thing off the ice so that when I’m saying something on the ice, it has meaning and validation behind it.”

—Mackenzie Bledsoe ’16