Head Coach Jim Plumer
Jim Plumer begins his first season as a head coach at the Divison I level with the start of the 2012-13 campaign. Plumer was named the head women's hockey coach at the University of Vermont on May 1, 2012.
Plumer (pronounced p-LOU-mer) comes 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.
"I am honored and excited to join the UVM family and I would like to thank Dr. Corran for this opportunity," said Plumer. "I was impressed and attracted by the commitment of the University towards the success of their student-athletes on the playing fields and in the classroom and I feel that it aligns perfectly with my own core values. In meeting with the players and staff it became clear that they are ready for their program to take the next step and I am eager for us all to begin working together towards that goal."
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.
Associate Head Coach Grant Kimball
The 2012-13 season will mark associate head coach Grant Kimball's fourth season with the Catamounts. At Vermont, Kimball manages recruiting, individual skill development, travel logistics and works closely with the defenseman.
Kimball, a native of Harvard, Mass., came to Vermont after two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota women's hockey program.
While at North Dakota, Kimball helped build the Fighting Sioux into a playoff contender in the WCHA. During Kimball's time in Grand Forks, UND posted a record number of league wins and points and earned a school-best fourth-place finish in the WCHA. Kimball also helped recruit several international players to the North Dakota program, including a pair of Olympians in Susanne Fellner (Germany) and Jorid Dagfinrud (Norway).
A total of 14 players were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team and forward Cassie Hanson garnered WCHA Scholar-Athlete and ESPN The Magazine All-Academic honors in Kimball's two seasons.
Prior to his stint with the Fighting Sioux, Kimball spent four years at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2006-07 campaign. Kimball also served as the recruiting coordinator for Wayne State and helped the Warriors compile 57 wins and a College Hockey America Conference Championship game appearance in 2007.
As Wayne State's recruiting coordinator, Kimball recruited the most productive freshmen class in the nation in the 2005-06 season as the newcomers scored 154 points. During his four years in Detroit, several student-athletes went on to earn various CHA honors, including three players who were named to the All-CHA First Team, six who garnered spots on the All-CHA Second Team and five who earned CHA All-Rookie accolades.
Prior to coaching at Wayne State, Kimball spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lake Forest College (Illinois) of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCAA Division III). He helped lead Lake Forest to 13th in the national rankings and a fourth-place finish in the western regional rankings in the 2002-03 RPI.
Kimball has additional experience serving with several other girls' teams at various levels. He was the director of the Michigan Regional Girls Development Camp in 2005 and 2006; co-coach of the USA Hockey Girls National Select U-14 Camp in 2005; head coach of Team Michigan in the Chicago Showcase Tournament in 2004 and 2005; and head coach of Team Illinois Girls U-15 and U-19 teams from 1996-2000.
Kimball played his collegiate hockey at Lake Forest College and was a defenseman for the Foresters from 1992-95. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1996.
Assistant Coach Chelsea Grills
Former St. Lawrence University women's hockey standout and Amherst College Assistant Coach Chelsea Grills will be joining the Catamount coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
"I am thrilled to have Chelsea joining our staff," said Plumer. "Having worked with her before I know that she is combines a true passion for hockey with a unique ability to teach the finer points of the game. She will make an immediate impact in player development."
"I am truly fortunate to be presented with this great opportunity to work with Jim and Grant at UVM," said Grills. "I am excited to work towards the continued growth and success of the women's ice hockey program. Known as a prestigious university, I couldn't be more thrilled to associate myself with the entire community that makes Burlington such a special place."
Grills comes to Vermont from Amherst College where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. While on the Lord Jeffs staff she worked with the forwards and helped develop an offensive attack that scored a team record 117 goals en route to the 2010 Division III National Championship.
A 2008 graduate and captain Grills led the St. Lawrence Saints to three appearances in the Frozen Four during her career, compiling 169 points in 139 games. In addition Grills was a member of Team Canada's U-22 team for four years during her collegiate career.
Grills spent the 2008-09 season as a member of the coaching and teaching staff at the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA) in Stowe, Vt.