Former ECHL Goaltender Whitten
Learns To Love Coaching

First Female To Win Professional Game Returns To Alma Mater

By Brian Compton
NHL.com Correspondent

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Erin Whitten tried coaching on a part-time basis with the school.

She hated it.

But when she received a phone call soon after from UNH women’s ice hockey head coach Brian McCloskey, it changed her life forever.

And for the better.

Whitten joined the UNH staff in July of 2000 as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach last summer. Her work at UNH has landed her an assistant coaching position with the first-ever U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team. The squad is set to travel to Ottawa in August for a three-game series against Canada. From there, the team will compete in the world championships in Canada next January. Katey Stone, another UNH alum, will be the team’s head coach.

“It’s going to be an incredible experience,” Whitten said. “I worked with the national team last year, so it’s going to be quite a change to go back down to the young ones. But it will be a great time. I’m psyched.”

Hard to believe less than a decade ago, Whitten was teaching and had no desire to coach.

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