WCHA Press Releases

WCHA Celebrates National Girls And Women In Sports Week
The league highlights its female coaches and staff

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – February 3, 2021 – The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to honor the many women who coach and work at its member institutions as part of the league's celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Week taking place from Feb. 3-10.

"The WCHA is home to many incredible women." WCHA Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. "I am proud and excited to celebrate them through this special initiative. These women are strong, confident leaders who are inspiring their student-athletes and the next generation of girls and women in sports."

The festivities will begin on the official National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Wednesday, Feb. 3. The week-long initiative will feature a two-part Zoom panel with all 12 women behind the benches of the WCHA programs moderated by Commissioner Flowers as well as a two-part feature story on the experiences of the league's dozen female coaches.

Additionally, the WCHA will take to social media throughout the week to celebrate 17 women who are also making a difference in our sport through their roles. As athletic trainers, directors of operations, faculty athletics representatives, sports information directors and athletic directors, the women behind the scenes of the league are a crucial component to what makes the WCHA a leader in women's hockey. Lastly, this week's episode of Commissioner's Corner will feature the three women on staff for the WCHA itself.

The Women's League of the WCHA boasts 12 female coaches across all seven of its member institutions with two schools (Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State) touting entirely female coaching staffs.

Female Coaches Across the WCHA
Name Institution Position Seasons
Emma Terres Bemidji State Assistant Coach 1st Season
Bethany Brausen Minnesota Assistant Coach 5th Season
Maura Crowell Minnesota Duluth Head Coach 6th Season
Laura Bellamy Minnesota Duluth Associate Head Coach 6th Season
Ashleigh Brykaliuk Minnesota Duluth Assistant Coach 3rd Season
Shari Dickerman Minnesota State Assistant Coach 12th Season
Nadine Muzerall Ohio State Head Coach 5th Season
Emily West Ohio State Assistant Coach 2nd Season
Zoe Hickel Ohio State Assistant Coach 1st Season
Jinelle Siergiej St. Cloud State Associate Head Coach 7th Season
Molly Engstrom St. Cloud State Assistant Coach 2nd Season
Jackie Crum Wisconsin Assistant Coach 12th Season

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 22nd season in 2020-21. 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, 105 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), The Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). The WCHA will grow to eight members with the addition of the University of St. Thomas (Tommies) beginning with the 2021-22 season. For more information, visit wcha.com.