|College:||Colgate University 2002|
|Alma Mater:||5th Year|
In just four seasons, Head Coach Maura Crowell is already the winningest coach in UMass Boston Women's Ice Hockey history and has the second-highest win total of any current coach in ECAC East since the 2005-06 season. She enters her fifth season with UMass Boston after leading the Beacons to their highest point total in ECAC East Conference play a year ago.
In just her first year with the Beacons, Crowell led them to school records in both regular-season and ECAC East victories with a 15-9-1 mark, including a 12-7-0 showing in league play. Under her guidance, UMass Boston advanced to the ECAC East semifinals for the second time in three years, following a first-ever home playoff game at the Clark Athletic Center and three of her players earned All-Conference honors.
Crowell followed her first year with three more trips to the ECAC East playoffs, including a pair of semifinals appearances. Under her direction, the Beacons have hosted a playoff game in each of the last four seasons and earned the second seed in the ECAC East tournament in 2007-08. She's seen nine of her players earn All-Conference accolades and one named as the league's Rookie of the Year. Crowell is already the winningest women's ice hockey coach in school history and is the only coach in school annals to guide her team to three playoff victories during her tenure.
Prior to her arrival, she spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with Connecticut College of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. She helped guide the Camels to their first-ever playoff appearance and also served as an instructor at the Connecticut College Development Hockey Camp. Prior to her time at Conn. College, Crowell served as an assistant coach for the Saint Mark's School girl's ice hockey program in Southborough, MA and gained head coaching experience as the Lions' junior varsity lacrosse mentor. The Massachusetts native remains active within the ice hockey instruction arena, having served as an talent evaluator at the Texas Affiliate Camp, which is hosted by the Texas Amateur Hockey Association and a coach and evaluator for USA Hockey's Rocky Mountain District Camp in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also coached at various camps throughout the summer months, including the Massachusetts Satellite Program, 14 and Under USA National Development Camp, Boston University Hockey Camp, the Hamilton College Hockey School, the Dynamic Skating program at Merrimack College and Hub City Hockey.
Crowell enjoyed an outstanding collegiate playing career at Division I Colgate University, before moving onto the coaching ranks. The left wing helped the Raiders to three straight ECAC playoff appearances, including a date in the ECAC Championship as a sophomore, and a 63-37-7 record for an impressive .621 winning percentage in her four seasons in Hamilton, NY. The four-year starter was named an Assistant Captain for her senior year and was also selected to the ECAC All-Academic team for her final season. Since her graduation in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in German, she is still prominent in Colgate's record book, ranking 13th in career points (61), 10th in career goals (29) and 19th in all-time assists (32).
The Mansfield, MA native starred at Saint Mark's School on the prep level, twice leading the Lions ice hockey team in points, while earning captain status for her junior and senior campaigns. She also excelled for the Saint Mark's field hockey program and led the field hockey and ice hockey teams to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference title during her career.
Crowell received the Valentine Piotrow German Prize, awarded for academic excellence in German Studies at Colgate and added a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in German to her mantle in 2004, while at Connecticut College. She has been extremely active in community service, helping to organize a "Big Sister" mentor program for Hamilton, NY girls playing youth hockey in addition to serving as a counselor at Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, working with underprivileged adolescent girls in a residential setting and volunteering in the Special Olympics as a speed skating instructor in Connecticut.