Laura Schuler was named the head coach of the Dartmouth women's hockey team in April of 2016 after spending the 2015-16 season at the helm of the Canadian national women's hockey team. She becomes the program's ninth head coach in nearly four decades.
Schuler’s leadership of the 2015-16 Canadian National Team was not her first assignment on the international level. She was a Development Camp Coach for Hockey Canada (2008-13), an assistant with the National Women’s Team (2010-11), head coach of the U22 National Women’s Team (2011-12), assistant of the U18 National Team (2012-13) and head coach of the U18 National Team (2013-14).
Prior to that, Schuler spent seven years (2008-15) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Minnesota-Duluth, during which time she successfully recruited 21 U18/senior national/Olympic caliber players, and the Bulldogs advanced to two NCAA Frozen Fours, capturing the National Championship in 2010.
She previously served as head coach at her alma mater, Northeastern (2004-08), and at UMass-Boston (2001-04). She was inducted into the Northeastern Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Schuler has an equally impressive resume as a player. She won three gold medals with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the IIHF World Women’s Championship (1990, 1992, 1997), two golds at the Pacific Rim Championships (1995, 1996), and two golds and a silver at the Three Nations Cup (1996, 1997, 1999). She also won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the first year that women’s hockey was included in the Olympics.
She graduated from Northeastern in 1994 with a degree in cardiovascular heath and exercise, serving as team captain her senior year.