CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation, Deanna Tyson, has announced that Ashley Salerno has been hired as the head coach of the Spartan women's ice hockey program.
"I am pleased to welcome Ashley as the new head coach of the women's ice hockey program. Her experience both as a player and as an assistant coach is very impressive. I look forward to seeing her guide the Spartans into the upcoming season," said Tyson.
Salerno was an assistant coach under Jim Plumer at the University of Vermont during the 2016-17 season, helping the Catamounts to a winning record and a berth in the Hockey East semifinals for just the second time in program history. She assisted in the recruiting process, held weekly classroom sessions with the defense and goalies, participated in daily practice planning meetings, and prepared opponent scouting reports.
For the previous two seasons, Salerno served as an assistant coach at Middlebury College under legendary head coach Bill Mandigo. She was the point person in the recruiting process, reviewed and prepared game film, developed the year-round strength and conditioning program, and was responsible for coaching the penalty-kill unit. The Panthers posted a 41-11-6 record (.759) during Salerno's two years on the staff, winning the NESCAC title and advancing to the Division III Frozen Four in 2016.
"I'd like to thank President Wolk, Scott Dikeman, Deanna Tyson, and the rest of the hiring committee for the opportunity. I am very excited to be a Spartan, and I look forward to working with the student-athletes at Castleton," said Salerno.
After playing at Amherst College for three years, Salerno transferred to the University of Vermont for the 2013-14 season, helping the Catamounts set a program record for single-season wins with 18 and advance to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament for the first time in program history. A defenseman on the squad, she was selected to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Salerno was an intern coach at the USA Hockey National Developmental Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., in July 2014. In addition, she has been a coach at various hockey summer camps throughout New England as well as at the Rush Hockey Showcase in Toronto in 2016 and the College Hockey Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2015.
Salerno graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She will begin at Castleton on Monday, June 12, 2017.