FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University Women's Ice Hockey head coach Thomas O'Malley announced the hiring of Victoria Blake as the team's new assistant coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season. She joins O'Malley and assistant coach Katherine Pauletti as the third member of the coaching staff.
O'Malley stated that he is "so happy that Victoria is joining our SHU Women's Hockey family as a member of the coaching staff!! Victoria, brings a wealth experience as a former NCAA women's hockey player and she has made a great transition into her chosen profession bringing with her valuable experience as a coach, a role model, and a person with a great personality, which will contribute greatly to helping our players, and our program get better every day."
Blake comes to SHU from the Pro-Vision Hockey Academy in Knoxville, TN where she served as the academy's skills and development coach. Her main responsibilities as the coach were for the skills development of athletes, combined on-ice and off-ice training sessions using state-of-the-art interactive equipment. She personally trained and developed hockey players to have a solid foundation of core skills and prepared them to be successful as they moved to more elite levels, by focusing on the athlete's; balance, agility, power, speed, puck handling, endurance, and Hockey IQ. Some of her other responsibilities included marketing and enhancing the customer experience with PVHA.
She also serves as the Women's Sports Director at Athletes Advantage where she is responsible for engaging with high school client athletes and promoting them to the college level.
Blake is a graduate of SUNY Oswego where she played on the women's ice hockey team for all four years she was a student. While at Oswego, she was named the 2018 NEWHL playoff MVP and made the 2015- 16 All-Academic team. Throughout her career as a defenseman, she played in 87 games, tallied five goals, with 12 assists for a combined 17 points. Off the ice, she was a student trainer at Oswego where she was responsible for practice and game preparations for the SUNY Oswego athletes. She also ensured that all set ups were complete and organized. She worked with the student-athletes to provide therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries.
The Pioneers open up the 2019-20 season on Friday Oct. 4 when SHU hosts Maine at the Rinks in Shelton, CT. Puck-drop is set for 4:00 p.m.