Colgate Hires Olympian Karen Thatcher as Assistant Women’s Ice Hockey Coach

By Jeremiah Hergott, Director of Athletic Communications

(Hamilton, NY – May 26, 2010) Colgate University head women’s ice hockey coach Scott Wiley has announced the hiring of 2010 Winter Olympian Karen Thatcher as an assistant coach.

“The addition of Karen Thatcher is a great step forward for our program,” stated coach Wiley. “She is a dynamic and energetic person who has a true passion for the sport. She has excelled at every level, been a great ambassador and understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. Karen adds instant credibility to our program and will help us achieve our goals. We are thrilled that she has joined our staff.”

Thatcher made her Olympic debut, winning silver in Vancouver, after representing the U.S. team at two world championships. Thatcher won gold with the team in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the 2007 Worlds Team.

Thatcher was also a three-time member of the U.S. Women’s Select Team for the Four Nations Cup and the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team for the Under-22 Series with Canada.

A 2006 graduate of Providence College, Thatcher was a three-year letterwinner on the Friars women’s ice hockey team.  Thatcher transferred to Providence after spending the 2002-03 season with Brown. In her sophomore year, she finished fourth on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 27 points, and was honored as Hockey East’s sportsmanship award winner. In her junior year, Thatcher scored 58 points (25G, 33A) and was named co-Hockey East Player of the Year.

As a senior, Thatcher was the Friars leading scorer with 47 points (18G, 29A). For her efforts, she was a Top-10 candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award. In addition, she was the team captain. For her NCAA career, she accumulated 167 points in 132 games played. During her time with the Friars, the team won Hockey East tournament championships in both 2004 and 2005.

After Providence, Thatcher played for the BC Breakers of the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) in 2006-07 and led the team and ranked 10th in the league with 36 points (19-17) in 26 games.

During the 2007-08 season Thatcher played for the Vaughan Flames of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and helped the team to the inaugural CWHL championship.

In 2008-09 she returned to the WWHL and helped lead the Minnesota Whitecaps to the league championship.

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