CASTLETON, Vt. – Ashley Salerno has resigned from her position as head coach of the Castleton University women's ice hockey team.
Salerno will be returning to Middlebury College as an assistant coach. She was a member of the Panther coaching staff for two seasons from 2014-16, then moved on to an assistant coaching position at Vermont in 2016-17 before taking over the Spartan program as head coach in 2017.
This past season, Salerno was named New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to a third place finish in the NEHC with an 8-5-1 league mark. Overall, Castleton went 13-13-1 during the 2017-18 campaign, winning the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational with one-goal victories over Salem State and Manhattanville.
The Spartans finished the season with four victories in their last five regular season games to clinch the third seed in the NEHC Tournament. Castleton defeated Southern Maine at Spartan Arena, 5-2, in the tournament quarterfinals before battling UMass Boston in the semifinals in a 2-1 loss.
Off the ice, nine members of the team were named to the NEHC All-Academic Squad, and the Spartans helped raise over $5,700 toward breast cancer awareness and research in the annual Pink the Rink initiative, culminating with a 2-1 victory over Salve Regina.
A search for the new head coach of the Castleton women's ice hockey program will begin immediately.