|Title:||Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach|
Beth McCann brings her 15-year experience as a collegiate head coach (304-128-26; .660 winning percentage) to the reins of the Seahawk women's ice hockey program, as her daughter, Murphy, enters her senior season as a goalie on the Salve Regina field hockey squad.
McCann founded the University of Rhode Island club ice hockey program and has served as its only head coach since 1999. Building the club program from scratch, McCann has achieved many professional goals including the development of new opportunities for women's ice hockey at both the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) level and regionally.
She led the initiative of the ACHA to create the women's National Select Team Development Camp and Program. The culmination of that effort was the inaugural participation of the ACHA women in international competition in France in 2010.
McCann directed all activities of the women's ice hockey team at URI including: budget, recruiting of qualified student-athletes, game and practice preparation and schedule, supervision of assistant coaches, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. As a club sport head coach, she was also responsible for fundraising for the program.
A two-time ACHA Coach of the Year (2005, 2008), McCann coached her Rhody squads to nine titles during 11 years of participation in its regional league, the Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League (ECWHL). They also had nine ACHA final four appearances.
As a former NCAA Division I hockey player, and captain, at Northeastern University, McCann can relate to female athletes "who need to be encouraged and inspired to achieve their personal best at increasingly higher levels of competition. I've emphasized the importance of team bonding and the cultivation of a team culture characterized by a strong work ethic, dedication and discipline, and an unselfish commitment to playing well together, for only in unison will a team exceed the sum of the individual members to achieve its goals."
McCann has spearheaded the ACHA to have its women now represent the USA at the World University Games, sponsored by USA Hockey, and as a result its student-athletes have an international experience and a higher standard of sportsmanship and competition to which to aspire.
McCann lives in Westerly, R.I.
|Previous College:||Rhode Island|
|Coaching Role:||Goalie Coach|
Lynn Pecci joins the Salve Regina bench with experience as a player and a coach. "Pecci will be a big asset to our program. Her knowledge and experience in working with goaltenders will add depth to our coaching staff and our defensive mindset," McCann said.
Rambo joins the Salve Regina bench after spending the 2013 season as a professional player with the Boston Blades. "I am excited to have Emma Rambo join our staff. Her experience as a DI player, background in strength and conditioning and her passion will contribute to continuing to build a solid foundation and a national bond team for the Salve Regina women's ice hockey program," said McCann.
Rambo graduated from Union College in 2013 with a degree Psychology.
She played competitively for Union College's NCAA DI program from 2009-2013. In her freshman year Rambo earned ECAC Rookie of the year. Prior to Union , Rambo helped lead the Chicago Mission to the U-19 National Championship in 2008 and a second-place finish in the same event in 2009. She played for the Joliet Catholic Academy Boy's Hockey Team, becoming the only female in school history to earn a boy's Varsity Letter. "Rambo's history demonstrates the work ethic and mind set Salve Regina needs to move the program to the next level" stated Beth McCann.
"I am eager to start the season with Rambo and Pecci as part of our coaching staff. As we enter our first season together as a committed unified coaching team we have began to define, create and advocate our team culture. We have defined our goals as a team and look forward to the start of the season to mentor and inspire our student athletes."