June 14, 2012

Stone set to coach U.S. women's team in 2014 Olympics

By Stan Fischler

Katey Stone (Watertown, Conn.) has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, it was announced by USA Hockey during its 75th Anniversary Gala.   

Stone, who became extensively involved with the U.S. Women's National Team Program in 2006, completed her 18th season as head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University in 2012.

Her 378 career wins is tops among active coaches in NCAA Division I.

"Katey knows what it takes to build gold-medal teams," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "We're very excited to have her continue to lead our U.S. Women's National Team up to and through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."

Stone will guide the U.S. Women's National Team through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, including at the Four Nations Cup this November in Finland; at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario; and in other scheduled games as part of the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"We are confident in Katey's ability to continue to effectively lead and develop this team through the Olympics," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "She will be able to leverage and build on all of the work that she and our players have invested the last two years to prepare for gold in 2014."  

Stone most recently served as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship.

A year earlier, Stone guided the U.S. to what was at the time its third straight gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland.

"Katey is a proven winner and is completely invested in helping the U.S. win the gold medal," said Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization's international council. "We're extremely pleased to have her lead our team in Sochi.”

Stone also led the U.S. to the gold medal at the first-ever IIHF Women's World Under-18 Championship in 2008, and coached the U.S. entry in the Under-18 Series (2007) and the Under-22 Series (2006).