Head Coach Jim Plumer
Last year Plumer led the Catamounts to a fourth-place finish in Hockey East with a program-best 18 wins. The team's record-breaking campaign marked an NCAA-best 10-win improvement over the previous year. The Catamounts won their first ever Division I playoff game and made the program's first Hockey East Semifinal appearance.
A program record four Catamounts were named Hockey East All Stars, while Roxanne Douville and Amanda Pelkey were also named to the Women's Division I New England All-Star Team.
In his first season with the Catamounts Plumer led the team to their first-ever Division I playoff appearance as they set a team record with 16 points in Hockey East play. The team also set a program record scoring 71 goals last season.
Under Plumer's tutelage junior goaltender Roxanne Douville became the first Catamount to be named a Hockey East first team all-star. She made 30 or more saves 15 times last season.
Plumer came to Vermont after nine years as the head coach at Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.). During his tenure, Plumer captured the most wins in program history and molded Amherst into a national powerhouse, winning the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championship titles to become the first program in school history to win multiple national championships.
After posting back-to-back 20-win seasons and qualifying for a pair of NCAA Tournaments, Plumer was named the AHCA National Coach of the Year for leading the Lord Jeffs to the 2009 Division III NCAA National Title and a 24-5-0 record. The Lord Jeffs also went 16-0 in NESCAC play and earned the program's first ever No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and a No. 1 ranking in the USCHO national poll.
The 2009-10 season was equally impressive, as the Lord Jeffs extended their unbeaten streak in regular season NESCAC play to 53 games (45-0-8), which began in 2006. Amherst used Division III's top scoring defense to post a 23-2-4 record (12-1-3 NESCAC), win a third conference title in four years and repeated as Division III National Champions.
With five 20-win seasons, including four straight seasons, and a 19-6-2 overall mark in 2010-11, Plumer's Amherst squads posted an impressive 127-30-14 record over the past six seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times in six years
Prior to arriving at Amherst, Plumer spent three seasons as an assistant at NESCAC rival Bowdoin College. Plumer helped coach the Polar Bears to a 62-12-7 record, a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances, the 2002-03 regular season conference title and the 2001-02 NESCAC Tournament championship.
Plumer, a Master Level coach with USA Hockey, has worked and continues to coach at a variety of high-level camps and showcases, including USA Hockey National Development Camps, the Rinksport College Prep Program at Babson College, the NAHA Showcase (Burlington/Jay, Vt.), and NAHA Camps (Stowe/Jay, Vt.). Plumer is also completing his second year as President of the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association.
Plumer gained his first coaching experience as a student-assistant at his alma mater, Colby College, where he graduated in 1983 with a degree in psychology. He went on to coach girls' hockey and co-ed track at North Yarmouth Academy before joining the Bowdoin program.