Head Coach Dave Flint
Dave Flint is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Northeastern Huskies, and he has led a women's hockey renaissance at Matthews Arena, restoring the Huskies to their familiar spot at the top of the sport. In just three seasons at the helm, Flint's team has greatly improved, and the squad has seen significant time in the national rankings. Last season, the Huskies made it to the Hockey East finals for the first time in program history. This year, Flint hopes to take Northeastern to next level and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
Flint coached the Huskies to a 12-20-3 record his first season behind the bench, but he built a solid foundation of recruits that lifted the Huskies to a 17-9-7 mark in 2009-10, as the team qualified for the Hockey East Tournament for the second consecutive season. Although Flint was away on sabbatical serving as assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Hockey National Team at the 2010 Olympics, his players responded by posting the program's best season in eight years.
He returned behind the Husky bench for the 2010-11 season, and with another strong freshman class, guided the Huskies to a 16-13-8 record. Most importantly, Northeastern won its first two Hockey East playoff games since the league's inception in 2002. The Huskies came one win shy of claiming the conference crown and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Flint comes to Northeastern from St. Anselm in Manchester, N.H., where he built the women's hockey program from the ground up and served as head coach for five years. After serving as assistant coach to the men's hockey team at St. Anselm for seven years, Flint took over the women's hockey team in 2003 and was charged with making the transition to varsity status, making it an immediate winner. After seeing the team through the transition to varsity status, Flint led St. Anselm to a 21-3-1 record in the 2004-05 season. Although St. Anselm is not eligible to compete in the ECAC East Tournament or the NCAA Division III Tournament due to its status as a non-scholarship Division II institution, Flint led the Hawks to the ECAC Open tournament, and won the tournament championship. Since then, St. Anselm has won at least 20 games every season and has also clinched the ECAC East regular season and ECAC Open titles twice. Flint's St. Anselm teams excelled at defense, leading the nation in scoring defense in three of his four seasons.
In 2007-08 Flint led the Hawks to a 23-2-1 record and the ECAC Open Championship. The 2007-08 season also saw Flint craft St. Anselm's defensive unit into the best in the nation, allowing just 0.92 goals per game. Six St. Anselm players earned All-Conference honors, and both the ECAC East Player of the Year award and the Goalie of the Year award went to Hawks players.
Flint's exceptional coaching did not go unrecognized, as he was named ECAC East Coach of the Year three times and was a three-time finalist for National Coach of the Year. He coached three ECAC East Players of the Year, two Rookies of the Year and one Goalie of the Year, as well as two All-Americans. Over Flint's four-year tenure, the Hawks compiled a record of 88-15-2.
Flint worked in the St. Anselm Athletic Department for 11 years, first as an athletic trainer and assistant coach of the men's hockey team for seven years before taking over the women's program. With the men's hockey team, Flint was responsible for recruiting and coaching the team's defensemen and goaltenders. While Flint was on the coaching staff, the Hawks won the ECAC Division II Championship in 2000 and 2001.
Since 2005, Flint has also been a member of the USA Hockey staff. In 2008, he was appointed the goaltending coach and advisor for the women's national program, where he evaluates and instructs goaltenders at all levels. He was on staff for the U.S. National Team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Under his guidance, Team USA goalies posted a 1.58 goals against average and won the gold medal at the 2008 World Championship in Harbin, China. Flint also served as an assistant coach to the U.S. Select Team that participated in the Four Nations Cup in 2009.
Since 1999, Flint has served as director of off-ice conditioning and as assistant to the director of on-ice instruction at Superskills Hockey in Tewksbury, Mass., an off-season training site for amateur and professional goaltenders. In addition, he is an instructor at the Daccord Goaltending Camps and Pro Prospect Camps in Manchester, N.H., and has worked with NHL goaltenders Peter Skudra, Andrew Raycroft and Scott Clemmensen.
A 1993 graduate of North Adams State College (now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), he was a four-year member as a goalie on the varsity men's ice hockey team. He was named Team MVP as a senior. Flint received his bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He is an Athletic Trainer Certified and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
Flint currently resides in Merrimack, N.H., with his wife, Alison, and their two children, Paige and Tate.
Assistant Coach Linda Lundigran
Linda Lundrigan enters her eighth season as assistant coach at Northeastern. Lundrigan has been instrumental in helping improve the Northeastern program over the past seven seasons through her recruiting efforts, daily coaching, and organization of special events. The talent and organization of the Northeastern women's hockey team has significantly improved over Lundrigan's tenure.
In 2009-10, Lundrigan served as interim co-head coach while head coach Dave Flint helped coach the U.S. National team at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Lundrigan led the Huskies to their highest win total in eight seasons, amassing a 17-9-7 mark while leading the team to the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinals. Lundrigan's team was in the national rankings for most of the season, reaching as high as No. 6.
Before coming to NU in 2004-05, Lundrigan spent three years as the top assistant at UMass Boston, where she helped establish the program and see it to varsity status. In their first varsity season of 2003-04, the Beacons went 13-12-1 and made the ECAC East semifinals.
Prior to joining the UMass Boston staff, Lundrigan spent two seasons coaching the Newton Country Day School girls' ice hockey team. She spent her first season as an assistant before becoming the head coach for the 2001-02 season. The team won the Eastern Independent School League title both years. Before working at the Newton Country Day School, Lundrigan served as assistant coach at the Brooks School. She helped the team to a third-place finish in the Div. II Independent School League tournament. Lundrigan has also been an instructor for the Husky Women's Hockey School at Northeastern.
Lundrigan has experience on the international level as well. In August 2010, she was an assistant coach for the USA Hockey U-22 Select Team in Lake Placid, N.Y. She also served as an assistant coach for the Women's Hockey East All-Stars that competed against the U.S. National Team in November 2009. In addition, Lundrigan has worked with USA hockey camps, coaching the Girls Select 15 Player Development Camp in 2007 and the Girls Select 16 camp in 2006. She has also worked with the Massachusetts Hockey Player Development Satellite Program for Girls, as well as various other camps and clinics.
Lundrigan skated for the Huskies from 1989-1993. While she was at NU, the Huskies compiled a 74-24-5 record. In her junior year of 1991-92, Lundrigan scored 11 goals and added nine assists as the Huskies went 20-5-2. As a senior, she had a line of 5-6-11, and for her career she amassed 31 goals and 30 assists in 96 games. She was also a standout field hockey player for the Huskies. In her final field hockey season of 1993, she posted 15 points and was named to the America East All-Tournament team. She graduated from Northeastern in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.
Lundrigan is an avid runner and completed the Boston Marathon in 2001 and '02. She is a member of the Melrose High Hall of Fame and now resides in Watertown.
Assistant Coach Hilary Witt
Hilary Witt, Northeastern women's hockey's all-time leading scorer, enters her second season as assistant coach for the Huskies. Witt played at NU from 1996-2000, amassing 208 points.
She helped guide Northeastern to its first two Hockey East playoff victories in program history. The Huskies advanced to the Hockey East finals for the first time ever, coming one win shy of the NCAA Tournament.
Witt returned to Northeastern after nine seasons at Yale, including the last eight as the Bulldogs head coach. The women's hockey program's all-time winningest coach, she compiled a 96-126-24 record at Yale and led the Bulldogs the ECAC playoffs in six straight seasons from 2003-08, including a semifinal appearance in 2005. She was named the ECAC Coach of the Year in her first season as head coach in 2002-03 after guiding the Bulldogs to their best ECAC finish ever (5-11-0). In the next two seasons, Witt's Bulldogs set program records for overall and conference wins, including a banner 2004-05 season that included a 12-7-1 ECAC record and 16-15-1 overall mark.
During Witt's time Yale had three NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge selections, three New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Star team selections, one first team All-ECAC selection, three second team All-ECAC selections and three ECAC All-Rookie selections. In 2007-08, the team earned the ECAC's Turfer Award for sportsmanship. The Bulldogs also maintained a standard of academic excellence under Witt. Yale had a total of 85 ECAC All-Academic honorees in Witt's eight years as head coach.
Witt, a native of Canton, Mass., was one of the most talented women ever to put on the Huskies uniform. Her 113 goals is 26 more than the next closest Husky, her 95 assists ranks her third in the Husky archives and her 208 overall points are 27 better than any other Husky. She joined NU in 1996-97 and contributed immediately with a team-high 24 goals to go with 20 assists for a total of 44 points. She helped lead the Huskies to the ECAC Championship by scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in the title game victory over New Hampshire, earning her tournament MVP honors.
Witt went on to score 32 goals her sophomore year, 27 her junior year and 30 her senior season. She was a two-time All-ECAC selection and was a three-time candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award. In addition to her Northeastern scoring record, she is also the program leader in Beanpot points (20), power play goals in a season (12) and a career (33) and is tied for the most career hat tricks with nine. Witt was inducted into the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2010. She graduated from Northeastern in 2001 with a degree in Communications.
Witt has also had a tremendous influence on the international level. Witt, who played for the U.S. Women's National Team in 2001, earned a pair of silver medals as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Four Nations Cup and the 2007 IIHF World Championship. She joined fellow NU assistant Linda Lundrigan as an assistant coach for USA Hockey's Under-22 Select Team in August 2010. She also was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team that won the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF World Women's Champonship in April.