Sis Paulsen named Women's Ice Hockey Coach
New England College Director of Athletics Lori Runksmeier is pleased to announce the hiring of Sis Paulsen as the new women’s ice hockey coach. Paulsen becomes the fifth women’s hockey coach in program history and will take over for Jackie MacMillan who served two seasons.
I am very happy to welcome Coach Paulsen to New England College,” said Runksmeier. “She brings an impressive pedigree of playing and coaching experience and obviously knows the game of hockey. I believe she has the tools and drive to lead us to a new level.”
Most recently Paulsen served as the assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Division I Minnesota State University, Mankato for one season. While at Minnesota State Paulsen helped the Mavericks to an 11-21-3 overall record and a trip to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Quarterfinals. Prior to Minnesota State Paulsen spent three seasons as the assistant women’s hockey coach at Bemidji State University. Over her three seasons at Bemidji Paulsen led the Beavers to three straight WCHA Quarterfinals. In addition to her duties as assistant women’s hockey coach Paulsen spent a season as the head softball coach at Bemidji State.
“I am extremely excited and honored to be the new head coach at New England College. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a wonderful academic institution and athletic program, said Paulsen” “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help develop student-athletes at NEC and push them to reach their full potential both academically and athletically. “
Paulsen graduated in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Paulsen was a four-year starter for the University of Wisconsin and helped lead the Badgers to three consecutive twenty win seasons. Paulsen served as the team captain from 2001-03 and earned WCHA All-Conference honors in 2000 and 2003.
Paulsen will take over a program that finished last season with an overall record of 11-13-2 and an ECAC East record of 8-9-2. The Pilgrims have made seven consecutive trips to the post season, including the program’s first-ever appearance in the ECAC East Championship game back in 2008.