Ashley Kilstein just finished her fifth season as Plymouth State University’s head women’s ice hockey coach in 2015-16. Kilstein has made a positive impact on the Panthers in her first three seasons, improving the confidence and attitude of PSU’s growing program Kilstein led the team to its first ECAC Tournament berth in the history of program in 2013, and was voted ECAC East Coach of the Year. The Panthers had their best conference finish to date in 2015-2016.
A 2008 graduate of Union College (NY), Kilstein was named Unsung Hero in 2007-08. Kilstein made such an impact at Union that she was named the recipient of a newly created award for dedication to the community and being an outstanding citizen. The award is given annually and is now named the Ashley Kilstein Award.
A women’s D-1 coach and recruiting coordinator for over a decade at Yale University and Quinnipiac, Coach Rosenholtz has recruited and coached players who would go on to become Olympic Team, National Team, U-22, All-ECAC and All-Ivy League players. Coach Rosenholtz worked with USA Hockey for many years as a goaltending specialist and continues to consult for junior programs on overall skill development, team building and game strategy.
Coach Rosenholtz has given hundreds of presentations throughout North America and Europe about the recruiting process, providing information and insight into what student-athletes must do to be successful on and off the ice. He understands the entire process from a coach’s perspective and knows what is important for players to have a successful showcase experience. He continues to scout and evaluate talent and probably sees more women’s hockey games than anyone in the field.
Meghan Gillis was named the head coach of women’s ice hockey at Williams College in May 2011. At the helm of the Ephs Gillis has improved the team to great heights, including a program-first NESCAC title in 2014. Under Gillis, players have been named to a First Team All-American and All-Conference recognition. Additionally, after the 2013-2014 season, Eph players collected NESCAC Player of the Year and NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. Gillis herself was named NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading her team to the conference title.
Before Williams, Gillis spent two years at Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT) as an assistant director of admissions, head girls’ ice 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 I playoffs for the first time since 2006.