Michele Amidon '94, of Portland, Maine, a former U.S. Women's National
Team player who has spent the last eight seasons of her professional career
as the highly successful head coach of the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey
team, has been named USA Hockey's first-ever director of Women's Hockey
"Michele has a unique background as a player, a coach and an administrator,"
said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We couldn't be more
pleased to have her joining us to help direct the future of our national women's
Amidon has spent the last nine seasons of her professional career at Bowdoin
College -- eight as head coach and one as an assistant coach -- and led the Polar
Bears to unrivaled success. During her tenure, she has guided Bowdoin to a
140-52-12 overall record, including four NCAA Tournament appearances, two New
England Small College Athletic Conference championships and four NESCAC
championship game appearances.
"Getting someone of Michele's caliber is a tremendous benefit to our women's
national program as we begin preparations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in
Vancouver," said Jim Johannson, senior director of hockey operations at USA
Hockey. "She brings knowledge and passion to the table that will not only
benefit our women's national program, but girls' and women's hockey in the
United States overall."
Amidon also has coaching experience at the international level, having served as
assistant coach with the U.S. National Women's 22 & Under Team that competed in
the 1999 Christmas Cup in Fussen, Germany. In addition, she has been involved
as a head coach at USA Hockey's Player Development Camps on several occasions.,br>
"I'm really excited to embark on this new challenge," said Amidon. "USA Hockey
has done a terrific job in developing its women's national team program and
women's and girls' hockey overall and I'm very much looking forward to helping
lead that effort into the future."
Amidon has a multitude of international playing experience on her resume, including
winning a silver medal as a member of the U.S. National Team at the 1992
International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.
At St. Lawrence, she was a four-year letter winner and three-year
captain of the SLU women's ice hockey team. In her first
year with the team, she was voted Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie
and Division III Player of the Year. Named the ECAC Most Valuable Player as a
junior and to the ECAC All-Star Team her senior campaign, Amidon was a three-time
MVP of the St. Lawrence team. She earned her St. Lawrence degree in government
and particiapted in the University's program of study at American University
in Washington, D.C.
Amidon will begin her duties at USA Hockey on August 15.
Posted: July 20, 2006