Plattsburgh State’s Houle adds gold medal to trophies
Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey coach Kevin Houle recently added some icing to what’s been a very tasty year.
Shortly after his Cardinals claimed their second straight Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship title in late March, Houle traveled to China as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s National Team and was at rinkside April 12 as the squad captured the gold medal at the World Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.
The U.S. team’s victory over Canada capped a 14-month period that began in March 2007 when Houle’s Plattsburgh State women won their first Division III crown. He then joined the national team staff headed by Ohio State’s Jackie Barto last fall and accompanied the team to the Four Nations Cup competition in Sweden, returned to guide the Cardinals to a successful defense of their crown, then joined the national team in China.
“It’s groundbreaking to have a current coach on our SUNY Plattsburgh staff participate in international competition,” said Bruce Delventhal, Plattsburgh State director of athletics. “Kevin has helped to spread the good word about Plattsburgh athletics. His presence with the Women’s National Team brings credence to our program, and speaks volumes about the quality of his coaching experience.”
Houle, a former player at Boston College, has compiled a 121-19-7 record through five seasons at Plattsburgh State, where he also was an assistant coach for men’s teams that won Division III titles in 1992 and 2001.
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