female hockey coaches of Hamline Darwitz and Bobrowski hired as new assistants in Minnesota | College hockey
The Minnesota women’s hockey team has added assistant coaches Natalie Darwitz and Jake Bobrowski to the Gophers coaching staff.
“We are delighted to have Natalie and Jake on our coaching staff,” Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said in a statement. “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 look very bright.
During their time at Hamline, where Darwitz was head coach and Bobrowski assistant, the duo led the Pipers to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in 2018 and to the NCAA Division III runner-up in 2019.
In their debut season at Hamline, the team posted 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 through 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 began her coaching career in 2007-08 as an assistant to her father’s staff with the Eagan High School Girls’ Hockey Team (Minn.). 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 United States team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. 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.
“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 has been a three-time Olympian for the United States team, captain of the Olympic team, and has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the American Hockey Hall of Fame. Everywhere she goes, success follows. His coaching journey is no different, more recently turning the Hamline program into one of the top Division III programs in the country. “
Bobrowski has been an assistant staff coach at Darwitz 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 the 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 part of such a wonderful staff, program and institution. I can’t wait to contribute in any way I can and see what this talented group of young women can do. I want to thank all of my former Hamline University and Hill Murray High School players, Coach Schafhauser, and especially my wife, Jennifer, and our children for their support. Without them, it would not have been possible. I would also like to thank DA Mark Coyle, Associate DA Tom McGinnis, Coach Frost, Jessica Scott, Tricia Budke and the entire Search Committee for this fantastic opportunity.
“Jake has been very successful as a coach on many levels,” added Frost. “Starting with 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 didn’t bother him at all, helping to transform the Piper program into two NCAA Frozen Fours. Jake is also a very talented recruiter. He develops excellent relationships with rookies and their families and has a keen sense of talent.