Hartford, Conn., June 1, 2012 – Trinity College Director of Athletics Michael Renwick has announced the hiring of Carson Duggan (Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta) as its women’s ice hockey coach. Duggan guided Trinity to a 15-11 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as interim coach in 2011-12. Elevated to the head position in late September after one season as an assistant coach at Trinity, Duggan navigated the Bantams through an extremely tough schedule, rebounding from a 1-6 record during the fall semester to post a 13-4 mark over the final 17 games of the regular season. Trinity earned a home game in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, defeated Hamilton, 3-1, in the quarterfinals to make its third straight appearance in the NESCAC Final Four, and closed the winter with a 4-1 loss at Middlebury. Duggan was selected by her peers as the NESCAC Coach of the Year and by the media as the New England Hockey Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year.
"I am extremely excited to remove the interim title and add
Carson Duggan full-time to our athletic staff. She did an
incredible job this past year under extremely difficult
circumstances and will be a great addition to the Trinity
family,” said Renwick. “As a young coach Carson carries
an extensive knowledge of the game through many different
experiences as both a coach and a player. She made the adjustment
very well to the head position and I look forward to great success
with Carson Duggan at the helm of our women's ice hockey
Duggan, who finished her playing career at St. Lawrence University team with one of the most decorated resumes in school history, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2009, and was the first St. Lawrence player to score over 100 career goals. She was ECAC Hockey’s Co-Rookie of the Year in 2006, the first St. Lawrence player to receive that honor. Duggan was also a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic team member and was named as the Saints’ Most Valuable Player and the St. Lawrence's Martha Finch Female Athlete of the Year in 2009. She added a master's degree from Trinity in economics in May.
"I am thrilled to return to Trinity next year. Last season was both challenging and rewarding. I learned a great deal and the players collectively bought into the plan, and our growth and development as a team made everything worthwhile," said Duggan about her interim season. "My goal is to continue improving our team and keep adding more of my ideas and expectations. I am anxious to continue to build Trinity's women's ice hockey program. I want to thank Mike Renwick and the College for showing the confidence to allow me to continue this process here."