May 29, 2011
Williams names Meghan Gillis new women's coach
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Meghan Gillis has been named the head coach of women's hockey at Williams College, it was announced Friday by director of athletics Lisa Melendy.
Gillis has spent the past two years at Pomfret School as an assistant director of admissions, head girls hockey coach and assistant softball coach.
Pomfret compiled a 21-16-9 record during Gillis' tenure. In her first year as head coach, Pomfret advanced to the Division 1 playoffs for the first time since 2006. Prior to Pomfret, Gillis spent one year as as assistant women's hockey coach at Amherst College.
A native of Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia), Gillis graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a major in government and legal studies and a minor in English. Gillis worked, taught and coached at her high school alma mater, Hebron Academy, following graduation.
"We are excited that Meghan is coming to Williams as our women's ice hockey coach," Melendy said. "Meghan brings with her a strong hockey background, both as a player and as a coach. Throughout the interview process the committee was impressed by Meghan's evident love of hockey and coaching as well as her vision for the program."
A highly decorated women's ice hockey player at Bowdoin, Gillis was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, as her 24 goals and 19 assists left her with the highest point total both on her team and among conference rookies.
In her four years on the ice, Gillis earned three All-NESCAC team honors and one All-America selection, as she graduated from Bowdoin with 154 career points, good for third on the program's all-time scoring list. The Polar Bears were a combined 75-26-1 (.740) during Gillis' time, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the NESCAC finals three times and winning the conference title once.
"I am excited to be back in the NESCAC and to join the renowned Williams College athletic department," Gillis said. "I am eager to work with a talented and driven group of student-athletes both on and off the ice."