Darwitz and Bobrowski added to female hockey staff

Women’s hockey | 07/29/2021 10:00:00

Women’s hockey coach at the University of Minnesota Brad frost today announced two new bench additions, assistant coaches Natalie Darwitz and Jake Bobrowski.

“We are delighted to have Natalie and Jake on our coaching staff,” said Frost. “They have a great track record of coaching separately, but have been very dynamic together and are proven winners. When we look at our needs as a program, they are exactly what we hoped for. The future of Gopher Women’s Hockey continues to be very bright. “

While at Hamline, Darwitz and Bobrowski led the Pipers to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in 2018 and to the NCAA Division III National Finalists in 2019. In their first season at Hamline, the team recorded a 9-13-3 record, the program’s most wins in nearly a decade. During the 2017-18 season, Hamline entered the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and placed third. That season, Darwitz was named MIAC and USCHO Coach of the Year. The following season, Hamline posted a program record of 23 wins and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship game – marking the first appearance in a national title game by an MIAC program. In six seasons under Darwitz and Bobrowski, Hamline went 88-41-14 overall and 58-26-9 in MIAC.

“I am delighted and honored to return to my alma mater as an assistant coach in women’s hockey,” said Darwitz. “I am passionate about hockey and the success of the women’s Gopher program. I can’t wait to train alongside Brad and Jake. We share the common goal of preserving the rich tradition of Gopher hockey and bringing additional championships to the U of M. I am delighted and grateful to the University of Minnesota for this opportunity. “

Darwitz returns to his alma mater after an incredibly decorated playing career and a brief coaching career with the Gophers and the US national team. Darwitz, originally from Eagan, Minnesota, played ‘U’ for three years (2002-05). During that time, she helped the Gophers win back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005 and was named the 2005 Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player. In the 2004-05 season, Darwitz set a single-season NCAA record with 114 points and was named Bob Allen Player of the Year. The three-time All-American is currently third in program history (246), first in points per game (2.48), fifth in goals (102), second in assists. (144) and the first for assists per game (1.45). On the national scene, Darwitz is a three-time Olympic medalist (silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006) and three-time IIHF world gold medalist. She has represented the United States at three Olympic Games, eight IIHF Women’s World Championships and ten Women’s Four Nations Cups. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Darwitz was named to the tournament’s all-star team en route to the silver medal. Other accolades include induction into the American Hockey Hall of Fame, Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame, Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame, and Hall of Fame of the ‘M’ Club.

Darwitz began her coaching career in 2007-08 as her father’s staff assistant with the Eagan High School girls’ hockey team. In 2008-09, she joined the Gophers staff as an assistant coach, before taking a one-year hiatus the following season to become captain of the US team for the 2010 Olympics. After the Olympics , she returned to the Minnesota bench for the 2010-11 season. After the season, Darwitz was announced as the next head coach of the Lakeville South High School women’s hockey team. The great Gopher joins the Minnesota coaching staff from Hamline, where she has been the head coach since 2015-16.

“Natalie is one of the most recognizable names in all of hockey,” said Frost. Whether it’s leading his Eagan High School team to state tournaments, winning back-to-back national championships at the University of Minnesota, or setting the all-time record in one season with 114 points, the list goes on and on. She was a three-time Olympian for the United States team, captain of the Olympic team, and was inducted into several halls of fame, including the United States Hall of Fame. American hockey. Wherever she goes, success follows. the Hamline program around and in one of the best Division III programs in the country. “

Bobrowski also comes to the Gophers from Hamline, where he has been an assistant coach for the Darwitz squad for the past six seasons. Prior to coming to Hamline, the St. Paul native was the head coach of the Hill-Murray varsity junior girls hockey team and the assistant coach of the Pioneers varsity team. During his seven seasons with Hill-Murray, the Pioneers competed in four MSHSL State Class AA tournaments. The Pioneers won the state championship in 2014, their first in program history, and in 2015 and were finalists in 2013. The Hill-Murray junior girls’ hockey team has won conference championships each. year he was head coach. His coaching experience also includes a solid background in youth hockey. In 2007-08, Bobrowski was head coach of the U12 Western Wisconsin Stars girls’ program. The team finished second in state this season. Bobrowski’s specialty at Hamline was recruiting. As chief scout, he signed seven All-Americans and the 2019 AHCA National Player of the Year.

“I am delighted to start a new journey with such a championship pedigree program here at the University of Minnesota,” said Bobrowski. “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of a great staff, program and institution. I look forward to contributing in any way I can and to seeing what this talented group of young people do. women can do. I want to thank all of my former players at Hamline University and Hill Murray High School, Coach Schafhauser, and in particular my wife, Jennifer, and our children for their support. Without them, this would not have been possible. I also want to thank AD Marc Coyle, Associate AD Tom mcginnis, Coach Frost, Jessica scott, Tricia budke and the entire search committee for this fantastic opportunity. ”

“Jake has had great success as a coach on a number of different levels,” said Frost. “He started in one of Hill-Murray’s most powerful programs. He was instrumental in helping the Pioneers secure four state tournament spots and two state championships. Leveling up doesn’t have to be. not at all embarrassed, helping to transform the Piper program and make two NCAA Frozen Fours. Jake is also a very talented recruiter. He develops great relationships with rookies and their families and has a keen sense of talent. ”

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