The hirings function three girls head coaches: Courtney Kessel will coach in Boston, Kori Cheverie will coach in Montreal and Carla MacLeod will coach in Ottawa. As well as, Charlie Burggraf will coach for Minnesota, Howie Draper will coach for New York and Troy Ryan will coach for Toronto.
“As a league, we’re lucky to embark on our inaugural season with a distinguished group of head coaches who’ve demonstrated management and a dedication to participant improvement in any respect ranges of girls’s hockey,” mentioned PWHL senior VP of hockey operations Jayna Hefford in an announcement asserting the hirings. “I wish to credit score our Normal Managers for his or her efforts in figuring out extremely certified candidates which might be effectively revered and motivated to assist our athletes attain their full potential within the PWHL.”
Kessel has teaching expertise that spans all the best way again to 2014 and served as a head coach for the Toronto Furies within the CWHL in 2018-19 and for the Canada U-18 girls’s group in 2022-23. She additionally spent 4 seasons as an assistant coach for the Princeton College girls’s hockey group. She had a taking part in profession spanning 13 seasons from 2005 to 2018, taking part in within the CWHL, NCAA, Provincial WHL and three girls’s world championship tournaments.
Burggraf has spent 14 seasons in teaching roles at Bethel College, together with 4 seasons as a head coach of the ladies’s group earlier than spending eight after that as the top coach for the boys’s group. He additionally had a taking part in profession spanning eight seasons from 1973 to 1981, principally within the NCAA and within the German hockey league.
Draper has spent the previous 25 seasons as the top coach of one of the crucial profitable girls’s hockey applications in Canada with the College of Alberta, together with one stint because the assistant coach of the Canadian girls’s world championship group in 2015-16, and three years with the Canadian girls’s U-18 group from 2018 to 2022. He additionally performed with the boys’s group on the College of Alberta for 4 seasons earlier than shifting on to teaching.
Cheverie has teaching expertise that spans all the best way again to 2016, and has served as a head coach for Scarborough Sharks U18 AA group within the LLFHL in 2016-17, and Crew Ontario Pink in 2019-20. She additionally spent 4 seasons because the assistant coach for Ryerson College. She had a taking part in profession spanning 11 seasons from 2005 to 2016, together with 5 seasons with Saint Mary’s College and 6 seasons with the Toronto Aeros/Furies within the CWHL.
Ryan has teaching expertise that spans all the best way again to 2000, together with serving as the top coach of the Dalhousie College girls’s group from 2020 to 2022, the Canadian girls’s world championship group from 2020 to 2023, and for the 2022 Canadian girls’s Olympic group. He additionally had a six-season taking part in profession from 1990 to 1998 with the Halifax Jr. Canadians, Halifax Mooseheads (within the MJAHL), the College of New Brunswick, and Saint Mary’s College.
MacLeod has teaching expertise that spans all the best way again to 2006, together with serving as the top coach for Edge College for the CSSHL U-18 girls’s group, the College of Calgary girls’s group, and the Czechia Ladies’s world championship group. She additionally had an 11-year taking part in profession from 1999 to 2010, taking part in within the NCAA, WWHL, 4 Canadian girls’s world championship groups, and two Canadian girls’s Olympic groups.