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Women of Canterbury Discuss College Recruitment with Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey Katey Stone

Kelly Slonaker

This fall, Women of Canterbury hosted a virtual visit in the D’Amour Center for Faith, Service & Justice from Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey Katey Stone. She spoke to female students and faculty members about the college athletic recruitment process, establishing and maintaining a healthy team culture, and her experience as a female Ivy League—and Olympic—coach. 

Katey has been Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey head coach since 1994 and has become one of the highest regarded coaches in college hockey, having guided 24 All America selections, six Patty Kazmaier Award winners (the top honor in women’s college hockey) and 13 Olympians. Additionally, she has led her team to six Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) Tournament Championships, 11 Beanpot trophies, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances (in the event’s 20-year history), six Frozen Fours, four NCAA Title games, and an American Women's College Hockey Alliance (AWCHA) National Championship. 

During the 2013-14 season, Katey took time away from the bench at Harvard for the first time since 1994 to serve as the head coach of the United States Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As the first-ever female head coach of a USA Hockey team in the Olympics, Katey led the Americans to the silver medal in Sochi, taking part in the gold medal game versus rival Canada. Prior to her time in Sochi, she led the USA to gold at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championships, where the team upended Canada, 3-2. Before that, Katey led the USA team at the 2012 and 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championships, winning gold and silver respectively. Aside from the success on the World Championships stage, Katey has guided the Americans in five Four Nations Cups, including leading them to win gold in 2008, 2011, and 2012.

Katey has been an integral voice in the sport of women’s hockey, serving as a member of the NCAA Championship committee, the NCAA rules committee, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award selection committee, and president of the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire, NH, in 1989 with a degree in physical education, where she was a captain and four-year letterwinner in both hockey and lacrosse. Katey helped the hockey team win ECAC championships in 1986 and 1987 and earned All-ECAC honors in hockey and was a two-time All-America selection in lacrosse. 

Before coaching for Harvard, Katey served as Assistant Athletic Director and coach at Tabor Academy, MA, and also had coaching stints at Northfield Mount Hermon, MA, and Phillips Exeter Academy, NH. Her family is deeply rooted in athletics, as her father and siblings (including Canterbury’s Director of Athletics Jim Stone) have all been involved with coaching and education. In addition to her team’s accomplishments, Katey has been recognized individually for her leadership in women’s hockey and has received numerous accolades, including Boston's Most Influential Women Award (2020), NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (2014), New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee (2014), ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year (2008, 2005, 1999), New England Hockey Writers’ Coach of the Year (2001, 1999), American Hockey Coaches Association Women’s Coach of the Year (1999) ,and New England College Athletic Conference Women’s Division I Coach of the Year (1999).

Canterbury’s Head Coach of Girls’ Varsity Hockey Molly Gintoli was grateful for Katey’s visit and insight into collegiate hockey. “Having Katey talk with the Women of Canterbury was an incredible opportunity. Her insight on leadership and the experiences she shared were not only helpful for the girls on our team but also for the faculty and coaches that attended. Having such a well-respected, successful role model in a mostly male-dominated sport for these girls to connect with will have a lasting impact. We wish Katey and the Harvard women’s hockey program all the success this season.” 

Katey fielded questions from several students, including Women of Canterbury member and manager of the Girls’ Varsity Hockey team Giovanna “Gigi” Esposito ’22. “Everyone in the room was inspired by Katey Stone’s leadership for her team, both on the rink and throughout the day,” Gigi shared. “Although I am not a hockey player, I am still in awe of her ability to navigate through such a male-dominated profession and come out the other side successful. She holds her team and herself to a high standard of character, and we are all so thankful for our time with her.”