Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Maura Crowell has earned a contract extension after just two seasons with the Bulldogs.
UMD announced Wednesday Crowell signed a deal that keeps her with the Bulldogs through the 2021-22 season. Her original contract that she signed when she was hired at UMD in 2015 expired after the 2019-20 season.
Crowell said UMD approached her about the new contract. She said the two-year extension is humbling for her, and reassuring to future recruits, who now know she will be the head coach at UMD for the next five seasons.
“It’s an honor that they have the confidence in me to lead the program for an additional couple years,” said Crowell, who already has a verbal commitment lined up from the Class of 2020 in forward Clara Van Wieren out of Michigan. “I’m glad they see and like the direction the program is going in. Obviously I do too.”
Crowell has compiled a 40-28-6 record in her first two seasons at UMD, leading the Bulldogs in 2016-17 to a 25-7-5 mark that included an appearance in the WCHA Final Face-Off championship (a 4-1 loss to Wisconsin) and a home NCAA tournament quarterfinal game at Amsoil Arena (a 1-0 loss to Minnesota). That was the team’s first home NCAA tournament game since 2010.
The 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17 were the program’s most since 2010-11. For all of that, Crowell was named the national coach of the year in NCAA women’s Division I ice hockey by the American Hockey Coaches Association and USCHO.com, as well as the WCHA Coach of the Year.