Aug. 20, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's Ice hockey coach Bob Deraney announced today (August 19) that Karen Thatcher has been named assistant coach. Thatcher most recently competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she helped Team USA claim the silver medal. Thatcher replaces Meredith Roth, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other opportunities.
"Karen's addition to our coaching staff will bring a wealth of new knowledge and experience," Coach Deraney said. "She will be a consistent reminder to our student-athletes of the standards our program is built upon."
A 2006 graduate of Providence College, Thatcher is 10th on the Friars' all time scoring list with 167 points in 132 games. A transfer from Brown after her freshman year, she was part of Hockey East Tournament winning teams in 2004 and 2005. She also was named Hockey East co-Player of the Year (2005), a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (2005) and a Second Team All-American (2006). In addition, Thatcher earned All-Academic Honors and the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award in three-consecutive seasons.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Providence College," Thatcher said. "Not only is it an incredible opportunity to be a part of a national-level program and learn from a very successful coach in Coach Deraney, but Providence has always been home to me. I am honored to be rejoining the Providence program, and take great pride in giving back to a community that has given me so much and means so much to me."
In Vancouver, Thatcher contributed six points (three goals, three assists) in Team USA's five games, including two-point efforts against Russia and Sweden. Her plus/minus of +8 was tied for fourth on the team. Prior to the Olympics, she helped Team USA win back-to-back gold at the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Championships. Thatcher also took part in three Four Nation's Cups from 2006 to 2008.
Thatcher played one season in the Canadian women's hockey league (2007-08 with Vaughn) and two seasons in the Western Women's Hockey League (2006-07 with BC and 2008-09 with Minnesota) winning the League Championship in 2009.
"We are very excited to welcome Karen back to Providence College, and especially the women's ice hockey family," Coach Deraney said. "Karen had a tremendous amount of success as a student and as a hockey player during her time at Providence. Since her graduation, her on-ice success has continued. This additional success will bring a lot to the program, especially to our players."
Thatcher is a native of Douglas, Mass. She will assume her duties at Providence College on Monday, August 23.
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Karen Thatcher NOTES
Providence College Class of 2006.
Olympic silver medalist playing for Team USA in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and scored 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games. She posted a plus/minus of +8 during Olympic action.
Tallied 167 points in 132 career games at the collegiate level, tied for 10th on the Friars all time career scoring list (includes 2002-03 statistics at Brown University: 32 games, 12 goals, 23 assists, 35 points).
Second-Team All-America selection (2006).
Part of HOCKEY EAST title winning teams in 2004 and 2005.
HOCKEY EAST co-Player of the year in 2005.
Was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award in 2005.
Earned All-Academic Honors and Hockey East Sportsmanship Award three consecutive seasons.
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