Danielle Blanchard Named Assistant Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Division I Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Plattsburgh State assistant women's ice hockey coach Danielle Blanchard, who won five national championships as an assistant coach after guiding the program to its first two ever as a student-athlete, has been named an assistant women's ice hockey coach at NCAA Division I Yale University. "It has been an unbelievable experience to have been an assistant coach of the Plattsburgh State women's hockey team," Blanchard said. "I am incredibly grateful to Plattsburgh State and the athletic department for giving me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater. I would especially like to thank Coach Houle for all he has done for me. Not only have I learned from his experience and knowledge of the game but also from his inspiration and passion. It has truly been a pleasure to coach alongside my mentor and to have been a part of a national championship-winning program." Blanchard was a key component of the Cardinals' success over the course of her six-year tenure as an assistant coach, helping Plattsburgh State win five national championships and six conference titles. The Cardinals went 164-11-6 during her tenure as an assistant coach, never winning fewer than 24 games in a season. As a student-athlete, Blanchard was the program's only four-time All-American, and she earned the Laura Hurd Award, which recognizes the top Division III women's ice hockey player in the nation, in 2008. Blanchard helped lead the Cardinals to their first two national championships in 2007 and 2008. "Danielle has been an integral part of the Plattsburgh State women's ice hockey program between her four years as a student-athlete and the past six years as a coach," Plattsburgh State head coach Kevin Houle said. "Her passion and dedication to Cardinal Hockey is unmatched. She will be greatly missed. I would like to thank her for everything she's done and wish her all the best in the next chapter of her life and career." She joins a Yale staff led by head coach Mark Bolding, who was recently hired after serving in the same position at Norwich University for 12 seasons. Between Bolding and Blanchard, the two have been a part of the past six NCAA Division III national titles.