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Plymouth State names new women’s ice hockey coach

Plymouth State names new women’s ice hockey coach

PSU Alum Mykul Haun '07 joins Panther staff

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will have a new women's ice hockey coach in 2016-17 as the program enters its 11th season as a varsity sport.

            Mykul Haun has been named the new PSU head women's ice hockey coach.  A 2007 graduate of Plymouth State, Haun is a former four-year letterman for the Panther men's team who has been coaching ice hockey at the minor and junior league level the past six years. He takes over from Ashley Kilstein, who left PSU this past summer after five seasons to become an assistant coach at Princeton University.

            "We are very pleased to announce Mykul Haun as our new women's ice hockey coach," said PSU interim director of athletics Kim Bownes. "He is a proud alum of Plymouth State and has a passion for his alma mater. Coach Haun has been around the sport of ice hockey as a player and coach for more than 20 years, and we're confident he will be an outstanding leader for our student-athletes. I know both he and the team are eager to begin with the preseason."

            "We would also like to thank Coach Kilstein for her services the past five year," said Bownes, "and we wish her nothing but the best at Princeton."

            After graduating from PSU and playing hockey professionally for two years, Haun began his off-ice career as Director of Hockey Operations at BlueStreak Sports Training in Stamford, Conn. He has served as head coach of the New York Apple Core/Westchester Express, a U16AAA Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League team in New York, and is the Owner/Operator of Sniper Academy Hockey, a player development company in New York/Connecticut. Haun was also associate head coach for the New England Wolves of the Eastern Hockey League, and was head coach and general manager for the New Hampshire IceCats Hockey Club based at Waterville Valley, N.H.

            A native of Alameda, Calif., Haun played hockey at PSU from 2003-07 and was the recipient of the John C. Foley Leadership Award presented by the athletic department. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Exercise Science.

            "I'm thrilled to be taking over the Plymouth State women's ice hockey program," said Haun. "I have seen the program build and grow since its inception, when my wife Sam was one of the first captains when the program made its varsity debut. As an alum of both Plymouth State University and the men's hockey program, I take pride in being a Panther and I'm excited to take the women's hockey program to the next level."

            "We have a great nucleus of student-athletes that can help continue to build this program," said Haun. "I appreciate the opportunity that the selection committee and the University has given me and I take pride in the professionalism and genuine approach everyone on staff has shown me."

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