HANOVER, N.H. – Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy announced Friday morning that Joe Marsh will serve as the Dartmouth women's hockey interim head coach for the upcoming 2017-18 season while Laura Schuler assumes head coaching responsibilities for the Canadian Olympic Team.
Marsh is the former longtime head coach of the St. Lawrence men's hockey team, guiding the Saints from behind the bench for 27 years from 1985 through 2012. During his time in Canton, Marsh amassed a program-record 482 wins with two regular season ECAC Hockey titles and five tournament championships. In both 1988 and 2000, Marsh led the Saints to the NCAA's Frozen Four, taking his team to the national title game in the former. In all, the 1977 UNH graduate guided SLU to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
The two-time National Coach of the Year (1989 and 2000), Marsh was also tabbed as the recipient of the Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Hockey's top coach four times during his career (1989,1992, 2000 and 2001), the most in league history.
“I'm excited to step in and help Laura's program,” Marsh said. "I'm coming into a program that Laura and her staff are continuing to establish on a national level. Philosophically, we are on the same page.
“The transition should be easy because of how well she has built and organized this program in her time here,” Marsh continued.
Marsh will fill in for Schuler who has the honor to serve as the Canadian Women's National Team Head Coach once again. Schuler's responsibilities with Team Canada will take her away from Hanover for the season as she looks to guide her team to a fifth straight Olympic Gold Medal in PyeongChang, South Korea, in February.
“It's really exciting to have someone of Joe's caliber, experience and character step in,” Schuler remarked. “There is no doubt he will help to take our team in a positive direction.
“Joe and I spent a lot of time talking about our team's vision, direction and plan,” she continued. “It was evident this will be a smooth transition and I felt that both he and I were on the same page.”
Marsh will join the Big Green staff that features assistant coaches Chris Cobb and Courtney Sheary. Cobb will see an increased presence in the operation of the program in Schuler's absence, as his knowledge of the Green and White's recruiting and systems will help with the continuity and make Marsh's transition easier.
“With Coach Schuler having the incredible opportunity to coach Team Canada at the Olympics, I can't think of a better person to come in and help guide her team,” Dartmouth men's hockey coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. “I've known Joe for nearly four decades and he is both a great coach and a man of great character. The women's team will be in good hands with Joe while Coach Schuler is representing her country and Dartmouth on the Olympic stage.”
The Big Green begin the 2017-18 campaign with a home scrimmage against Holy Cross on Friday, Oct. 13. The regular season gets started a week later at Harvard.