Plymouth State names new women’s ice hockey coach

Former Williams assistant Ashley Kilstein joins Panther staff

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will have a new women’s ice hockey coach in 2011-12 as the program enters its sixth season as a varsity sport.

            Ashley Kilstein has been named the new PSU women’s ice hockey coach.  A 2008 graduate of Union College (N.Y.), Kilstein spent the past season as assistant coach at Williams College. She takes over from Darcy Corson, who guided the Panthers the past two seasons.

  Ashley Kilstein

            Kilstein is a former four-year ice hockey letterwinner at Union, where she played in 113 games, led the team in points in 2004-05 and was named Unsung Hero in 2007-08. She was also active in Union Athletics as the school’s representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Student Advancement Committee.  Kilstein has been active in coaching since 2005 at Rinksport, a specialty camp in Rhode Island for female hockey players.

            “We are pleased to announce Ashley Kilstein as our new women’s ice hockey coach,” said PSU director of athletics John Clark.  “Our program is still very young and on the way up, and we believe Ashley can help us build our team into a competitive Division III program.  She comes in highly recommended and we’re confident she will do an outstanding job.”

            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.

            “I'm very excited and honored for this opportunity,” said Kilstein, “and ready to help develop this team in what is already a great community of students, faculty, and administrators.  There is certainly a lot of hard work ahead, but there is plenty of reward in being able to work with an exceptional group of current Plymouth State student-athletes who are excited to move forward.” 

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