Elmira College women’s hockey has named Kelsea Martalock as its new women’s hockey coach.
The announcement comes just weeks before the start of camp and the season.
Former head coach Dean Jackson stepped away to serve as an assistant at Penn State a few weeks ago.
“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Kelsea Martalock from assistant ice hockey coach to her new role as head coach,” Pat Thompson, Elmira College Vice President of Athletics, said. “Her past experiences in Division III hockey as a player and assistant coach, along with her knowledge and dedication to our program, positioned her to take over the reins after Coach Jackson’s departure.”
Martalock becomes the fifth women’s ice hockey coach in the program’s 15-year history, after the Soaring Eagles produced their fifth consecutive 20-win season and the team’s fourth straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance.
“I am very honored to have the opportunity to continue the history of excellence that has been known as Elmira College women’s hockey,” Martalock said. “Coach Jackson established a culture of academic and athletic success and I am looking forward to continue that tradition with our program. I want to thank Coach Jackson for taking me on as his assistant a year ago and mentoring me to prepare me to be a head coach.”
Martalock and the Soaring Eagles open the 2016-17 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 4, against Neumann University on the road at 7 PM. The team takes on Chatham University at the Murray Athletic Center on Saturday, Nov. 11. at 7 PM.