The Southwest Wildcats Announce Coaching Staff
As previously announced Jennifer Hitchcock has been appointed Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. The coaching staff will be made up of three former Southwest Wildcats Alumni. Kayla Dubowski, Jessica Hitchcock and Kayla Raniwsky. Lauren Diet will serve as the team’s trainer and Pat Bruner will be the General Manager, a role that she has held for the past two seasons. You can find below Bios of our 2015-16 Staff Members.
Jennifer Hitchcock enters her fourth season with the Southwest Wildcats, serving as an assistant coach the past 3 seasons. Prior to that she coached NCAA Division III hockey for three years splitting her time between Neumann University and Castleton State College where she was the Graduate Assistant coach and earned a Master of Arts in Education. She is currently working towards the completion of the High Performance Coaching Program.
As a former Wildcat player she earned the opportunity to attend the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Sports Studies. While at UNH, she served as a two-year captain and was named a Reebok All-American in 2005-2006. She also was a three-time Hockey East All-Star (2006-08). Hitchcock also participated in Canada’s U22 Development Camps in 2006. She had the opportunity to play in 3 NCAA national tournaments, twice reaching the Frozen Four. She played professionally for the ZSC Lions of Zurich Switzerland in 2008-09, where she led the team in scoring and helped them to a 3rd place finish in the Swiss A League.
Kayla Dubowski will be returning for her second season as an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats. Kayla brings a vast amount of knowledge and she will be serving as the Defense coach. Kayla not only is a great leader and role model but was also a very accomplished player. Kayla played at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania where she served as a Captain in her final season and was named to All-Conference teams multiple times. Kayla graduated from Neumann University in 2012 with her Bachelors of Criminal Justice.
Jessica Hitchcock joins the Wildcats after serving as a Graduate Assistant coach with the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team while completing her MBA. Jessica is a former WESPY award winner as the top female hockey player in Windsor Essex County. Jessica began her college hockey career at Niagara University where she led the team in points during her sophomore year. Due to the cancellation of the program she transferred to the University of New Hampshire where she was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team and was inducted into the National College Athletic Honors Society. Jessica graduated in 2014 with a degree in Business Administration.
Kayla Raniwsky brings plenty of hockey knowledge and energy to our staff. Kayla was also a WESPY award winner in 2012 and went on to start her college career at Niagara University. Like Jessica she had to transfer to another school where she was able to contribute consistently over her three seasons at St. Lawrence, helping the team to the playoffs in all three of her seasons. She is soon to be a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in Biology.
Lauren Diet joined the Southwest Wildcats midway through last season. Prior to that she has been a valued trainer at many levels of our association. She currently has one of the highest certifications within our association. She is a level III certified trainer. She not only serves as a great trainer but also a great role-model for our team. The wealth of knowledge that Lauren brings to our program is invaluable.
Pat Bruner is in her third season as the General Manager. Over the past couple of years Pat has been over seeing the Game Day operations, the hotel bookings, scheduling, meals, booking buses, ordering equipment, finances and any other part of the logistics involved in running our program. She is an extremely important part of our staff.