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During the 2012-13 season Handrahan led the Buckeyes to a 19-win season, second most in program history and most since the 2006-07 season. Ohio State finished the year 19-15-3 overall and advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off for the first time since 2010, sweeping Minnesota Duluth on the road in its WCHA First Round Playoffs series.
In Handrahan's first season in charge of the program he guided the Buckeyes to a 16-16-4 overall record, 13-15-1 in the WCHA.
Ohio State hired Handrahan as the head coach of the women's hockey team prior to the 2011-12 season. Handrahan is the second women's hockey coach in the 12-year history of the women's hockey program.
"My family and I are grateful for the opportunity athletics director Gene Smith and the hiring committee has given me to be the head coach of the Ohio State women's hockey team," Handrahan said. "This program has great people and players and we are going to put together a recipe of success that will result in winning on and off the ice."
"We are excited to have Nate Handrahan join the Ohio State family," Chris Schneider, Associate Director of Athletics, said. "He has a great work ethic and philosophy about developing the entire student-athlete; not only has hockey players but as people.
"Coach Jackie Barto did an outstanding job in building this program from the start and I look forward to working with Coach Handrahan as he works to continue the growth of Ohio State Women's Ice Hockey," Schneider added.
Under his direction, the Colonials contended with some of the top teams in the nation as the squad has picked up key victories over nationally-ranked opponents. During the 2009-10 season, Robert Morris knocked off the eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth, 4-1, on the road. The Colonials followed with a 3-1 upset over defending national champion Wisconsin.
Several student-athletes have reached exceptional levels during their careers under Handrahan's guidance. Among those was goaltender Brianne McLaughlin who became the NCAA Division I all-time career saves leader in 2009. She also earned a spot on the U.S. National Team and competed for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, winning a silver medal.
During his time at Robert Morris, Handrahan has produced two All-CHA First Team, three Second Team and three All-Rookie Team selections. The Colonials have also had success in the classroom as Handrahan's teams have earned 46 CHA All-Academic team honors.
Before taking the helm of the women's program, Handrahan served as an assistant coach to the RMU men's hockey team for two seasons under head coach Derek Schooley. He assisted in the day-to-day operations of the team as well as instructing on and off the ice.
A 2000 graduate of Niagara University, Handrahan assisted his alma mater in 2001 under Dave Burkholder and served as assistant coach for three seasons. His duties included recruiting, producing game strategy and practice plans, skill development, scouting, equipment management and strength and conditioning. While at Niagara, the team earned an automatic berth to the 2004 NCAA Tournament after capturing the CHA tournament title. While with the Purple Eagles, Handrahan recruited and coached four players who would see action in the NHL.
A standout defenseman for the Niagara, Handrahan was a two-time All-ECAC West selection for the Purple Eagles. He played in every game during his four-year career and led the team to a No. 6 seed in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. He finished his collegiate career with 13 goal and 68 assists for 81 points, ranking 10th on Niagara's all-time assist list.
At the conclusion of the 1999-2000 season, Handrahan was signed by the Roanoke Express of the ECHL. He played the remainder of the 2000 season as well as the 2000-2001 season with the Express.
Handrahan and his wife, Nicole, have three daughters, Haylee, Mara and Lila.
Duggan, who hails from Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, was promoted to interim head coach at Trinity College for the 2011-12 season after serving one year as an assistant coach. She was named head coach of the program in the spring of 2012 and in her two seasons at the helm, guided the Bantams to an overall record of 28-19-4. Duggan was honored as NESCAC Coach of the Year by her coaching peers and also named New England Hockey Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year by the media in her first season as head coach.
"Carson is a great addition to our program here at Ohio State," Handrahan said. "She is a terrific coach who gets the most out of her players. She has been on a very steep incline in the coaching world and is considered one of our rising stars. Her experiences through her playing days, having been to four straight NCAA tournaments, and as a coach will be very beneficial in guiding our players in the direction we want to head."
Graduating cum laude in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Duggan was also a four-year letterwinner on the women's hockey squad at St. Lawrence. She finished her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, including becoming the first at St. Lawrence to score over 100 career goals.
Duggan was named ECAC Hockey's Co-Rookie of the Year in 2006 following her first season and finished her career as a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic team member. She was named the Saints' Most Valuable Player and the St. Lawrence Martha Finch Female Athlete of the Year following her senior season in 2009.
In her time at St. Lawrence, Duggan helped lead the Saints to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. She added a master's degree in economics from Trinity in 2012.
Maurice was chosen as the first full-time women's hockey assistant coach at Norwich University prior to the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, he served as a part-time assistant coach for the program since 2003. During his time as an assistant at Norwich, Maurice helped establish the Cadets as a perennial powerhouse in Division III women's hockey, including four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, three straight national championship game appearances and winning the 2011 National Championship.
"Keith has a track record of success both on the recruiting trail and on the ice," Handrahan said. "The level of championship experience he brings will be extremely valuable to our culture here. He is a very diligent, thorough coach who will serve our program well. We are very fortunate that Keith and his family decided to be Buckeyes."
A member of the men's hockey team at Norwich from 1998-2002, Maurice helped capture the first of three national championships for the program in 2000. The defenseman served as captain in 2002 during his senior season, guiding the Cadets on another NCAA title run before falling just short in the national title game.
During his four-year playing career, the Cadets won three ECAC East Tournament championships and made three NCAA Final Four appearances. Maurice was named ECAC East Second Team following his senior season. He graduated with a degree from Norwich in 2002.
Maurice has also served as a head coach and assistant coach at several USA Hockey festivals for select 12-, 13- and 14-year old players. Maurice and his wife Meghan have two children, Chace and Max.