The Women’s Varsity Hockey Program is recognized as one of the premiere prep school programs in one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country. It is an elite team that attracts top student-athletes from all over, playing one of the more competitive schedules in New England with about 32 games per year. This helps prepare them for success in college on the ice and in the classroom.
Since its inception in 1984, the team has had much success in both wins and college placement. The Huskies won two NEPSAC championships in the mid 90’s and in the last four years have put up an impressive 89-27-9 record under the leadership of experienced Head Coach Craig Churchill. In that four year stretch the Huskies have won four consecutive Lakes Region League Championships, two E.G. Watkins Tournament Championships, had two NEPSAC postseason berths culminating with a 2017 NEPSAC Division 1 Championship. Coach Churchill’s focus is on development of the individual and in his time at New Hampton has developed three invitees to USA hockey’s top 66 camp, two invitees to the U.S. under 18 training camp in Lake Placid, one USA Today Female Hockey Player of the Year (2016) and the most decorated U18 player of all time helping to bring home the gold medal in three U18 world championships as well as earning top D honors at the world championships for two years in a row (2016 & 2017). Coach Churchill has also developed players that have been recognized on the NEPSAC All-Star team, as well as the 2017 NEPSAC Player of the Year. Coach Churchill has developed five players that have reached the impressive feat of 100 points in their Husky careers.
New Hampton School is an ideal program for a player looking to further develop both physically and mentally. With a holistic approach to the development of its players, the coaching staff consistently seeks ways to prepare its student athletes. New Hampton uses a full-time Strength and Conditioning coach along with a yoga instructor and mindfulness coach to accomplish some of these development goals. New Hampton hockey players are very fortunate to be able to train and play in the new Jacobson Arena, completed in 2017. This arena features a state of the art ice surface with one of the most impressive team rooms in New England.
Our Athletes have gone on to represent the following programs:
Sacred Heart University
University of New Hampshire
Lake Forest College
William Smith College
Alumnae have also competed for the U.S. Senior National team as well as the U18 National Team, Brampton Thunder and the Boston Blades.
The Huskies would travel to Cushing Academy to face the Penguins in a NEPSAC Division 1 matchup. The Huskies would score four unanswered goals in the first period by Maddie Nelson '19, McKenzie Haberl '19, Savannah Norcross '18, and Anna Shelden '20. In the second period, Norcross would score the fifth goal for the Huskies. The Penguins were able to score one goal in the third period, giving the Huskies the 5-1 win.
The Huskies would travel to Exeter, NH for another NEPSAC Division 1 matchup against Phillips Exeter Academy. Olivia Sollows '19 would earn the start between the pipes for the Huskies. Although Exeter woiuld score first, Anna Shelden '20 would score a power-play goal to tie the game. Savannah Norcross '18 would earn a short-handed breakaway opportunity, where she would beat the Exeter goalie, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Exeter would respond with a power-play goal of their own and tie the score at 2 to end the period. The second period remained scoreless for both teams. The third period would be full of back and forth action but no one was able to capitalize. With just under a minute remaining, Exeter would get the puck on net and a trickling puck would find its way behind Sollows. The Huskies were not able to come back and would drop this match 2-3.
The Huskies would travel to Kimball Union Academy to play their final Lakes Region regualr season game. The winner of this game would earn the title of "Lakes Region Regular Season Champions." Although the Huskies seemed fired up for this game, Kimball Union would come out strong and send a message. Kimball Union would score two unanswered goals to give them the victory. The Huskies fought but came up short in this one.
Coach Churchill became the head of the New Hampton women's program in 2010 after coaching boy’s prep hockey for the seven years at the varsity level. Churchill spent two years at Colorado Academy running the offense and power play. Along with those duties he was responsible for NCAA and junior hockey placement. Coach Churchill then moved to Brewster Academy where he spent 5 years. In his time at Brewster, Coach Churchill played a key role in recruiting and college placement helping to recruit and place athletes on various Junior teams as well as NCAA Division 1 and 3 programs.
Coach Churchill’s coaching philosophy is centered around the development of the individual so that each of his players will be in a position to reach the maximum potential for growth upon graduation from the New Hampton School. For Coach Churchill coaching is not about developing systems for the team, but about developing systems where the individual players strengths will shine. “Managing individuals comes before managing the team or systems; it is my job to find a way to coach each of the individuals on my team, often times with a very different approach for each one.” Churchill’s coaching career began in the Oyster River Youth Association at the Pee Wee and Bantam levels. As well, he has worked at Play Like a Pro Hockey camps for Scott Drevitch and worked as an on ice director of the Charlie Holt Hockey Camp. Churchill has also been involved as a talent evaluator for the Laconia Leafs of the AJHL and a head coach for HUB CITY Hockey in both the Chowder Cup and Eastern Junior Hockey League Summer Showcase. Coach Churchill also coached at the U15 USA National Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Coach Churchill played his high school hockey at Lakes Region foe Proctor Academy. After a very successful high school career, Coach Churchill made the decision to go back home to Durham and play at the University of New Hampshire, which competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Coach Churchill lives on campus in O'Connor House with his wife Jen, their two sons Quinn and Malcolm, daughter Maeve and their dog Sage