Jim Plumer has been named head coach of the women's hockey program at the University of Vermont, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Robert Corran announced today.
"We are very excited to welcome Jim to UVM as our women's hockey head coach," said Corran. "He has built an exceptional record of accomplishment throughout his career and comes to us as the perfect fit for our program. We are looking forward with much anticipation and excitement to Jim's leadership and moving our program forward in the years ahead."
Plumer 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.
---Courtesy Univ. of Vermont Sports Information
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