BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – May 12, 2020 – University of Minnesota Duluth director of athletics Josh Berlo has been appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship Committee the NCAA announced Tuesday.
"I am very honored to have been appointed to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Committee and look forward to collaborating with this impressive group of member administrators and coaches in support of the game of women's hockey," Berlo said.
Berlo, will begin his tenure on Sept. 1 and will serve on a committee that oversees the selection, seeding and bracketing for the annual NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
Berlo's selection fills the seat vacated by outgoing committee member Abbey Strong, UMD's assistant athletic director for compliance & camps, who served from 2017-2020 and was the committee chair this past season.
"The WCHA is excited to be represented by Josh on the Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship Committee," WCHA Women's Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. "Josh is a tremendous leader and advocate for women's hockey and will bring a great voice to the committee. We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to Abbey Strong for her years of service and dedication. These two are examples of the many great administrators we're fortunate to have in the WCHA."
Berlo joins head coaches Katie Crowley (Boston College) and Paul Flanagan (Syracuse) and administrators Anita Brenner (Cornell) and Kate McAfee (New Hampshire) on the 2020-21 committee roster.
With his selection, Berlo becomes the ninth WCHA representative – and the third from UMD – to sit on the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship Committee, joining Minnesota's Laura Halldorson (2005-06); Minnesota Duluth's Shannon Miller (2001-04, 2010-12) and Abbey Strong (2017-20); Minnesota State's Jeff Vizenor (2008-09); Ohio State's Jackie Barto (2001-05) and Chris Schneider (2008-13); St. Cloud State's Jeff Giesen (2012-13) and Wisconsin's Mark Johnson (2013-16).
Strong and Schneider (2011-13) are the only two WCHA representatives to chair the committee.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marked its 21st season in 2019-20. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 101 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit wcha.com.