JASON WHITE - MIDLAND UNIVERSITY
Jason White has served as Midland University’s head women’s hockey coach since 2017. In just two seasons at the helm, White has coached the Warriors to a 39-32-4 overall record, turning the program into one of the fastest-improving teams in the country.
In 2018-19, White led the Warriors to their first ever American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament appearance after winning the program’s first Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League (WWCHL) Postseason Tournament Championship when they defeated the University of Colorado-Boulder 3-2 in double overtime.
White was named the WWCHL Coach of the Year following the 2017-18 season, and earned the ACHA Women’s Division I Coach of the Year Award in 2018-19.
Prior to coming to Midland, White was an important asset to the hockey community in Fremont as he spent six years as the rink manager at Sider Ice Area. In his most recent coaching stint, White was the program director and head coach of the Omaha AAU U18 Team from 2006-11.
Before becoming a head coach, White enjoyed a four-year playing career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 1997-2001. After his playing days, he served as an assistant coach for the Mavericks for two years from 2001-03.
White graduated from UNO in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He and his wife, Ashley, have two daughters; Emerson and Blakely.
2017-18 WWCHL Coach of the Year
2018-19 ACHA Women's DI Coach of the Year
AMBER SCHAACK - UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN
Jamestown native Amber Schaack has been named the first head coach of the University of Jamestown women's hockey program.
Schaack will recruit student-athletes during the 2021-22 academic year and the team will compete during the 2022-23 academic year.
UJ plans to compete as a member of ACHA Division 1.
"Amber is the perfect person to start our women's hockey program at the University of Jamestown," said athletics director Sean Johnson. "Her intelligence, work ethic, experience as a successful collegiate student-athlete, and professional work experience has set the stage for her success at UJ."
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named the first head coach of the University of Jamestown Jimmies women's hockey program," said Schaack. "I am looking forward to cultivating a competitive program that will build upon the successful tradition of UJ Athletics. I am excited to be back in my hometown and to have the opportunity to bring more competitive hockey to both Jamestown and the state of North Dakota."
Schaack was an all-state performer at Jamestown High School, scoring 132 goals and assisting on 43 more for 175 career points in her four seasons. During those four years, the Blue Jays improved from seven wins to nine, then 13 and 18.
As a senior, she was a first team all-state selection and named Miss North Dakota Hockey after accumulating 52 points and leading the Blue Jays to a best-ever fourth-place finish at the 2013 state tournament. During her junior year, the Blue Jays placed fifth at the state tournament.
While at Concordia (Minn.) College, she scored 27 career goals with 28 assists for 55 career points from 2013-17. She helped lead the Cobbers to a top-four finish in the MIAC league standings every season, including a third-place finish in 2015 and 2017, which tied for the second-best league finish in school history. Amber was an honorable mention All-MIAC selection her junior season.
Most recently she has been a manager at Hoist Hockey in Fargo, a unique 3-on-3 hockey training and fitness facility.
She also worked for the PGA of America aiding in coordinating, recruiting, enrolling, scheduling and leading 1,500 volunteers for championship events.
Schaack has also coached the West Fargo Stampede girls 12UA team and the junior varsity girls' team at Delano (Minn.) High School.
She received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Concordia in 2017 and a master's degree in sports administration from Northern Colorado in 2018.
KELLY RIDER - CURRY COLLEGE
Rider joins Curry after spending the last four years as the Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach at Northland College, an NCAA Division III institution in Ashland, Wis. She has also held titles of Senior Woman Administrator and served as the Interim Associate Athletic Director. During her time with the LumberJills women's hockey program, Rider steadily built the program, recruiting 20 players for their inaugural season. She led Northland to a victory over No. 2 nationally-ranked Adrian College in just the 29th contest in program history. Under her leadership, seven student-athletes were named American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholars, including five in 2018, which was tied for the most in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHA). Rider also helped to guide two All-Conference goaltenders. Additionally, she served on the weekly ranking committee for d3hockey.com from 2015 to 2019.
Before her time at Northland, Rider spent much of her career in the Northeast. Her previous stops include two years at Neumann University in Ashton, Pa., the first as an assistant and the second as the Head Coach. She guided the Knights to an ECAC West Semifinal appearance in 2013 and had a student-athlete named to the ECAC West All-Rookie Team in 2014. She also served as an assistant for one season at nearby UMass-Boston. Additionally, Rider also spent three seasons coaching high school and prep school hockey at Canton High School and the Dexter-Southfield School in Massachusetts.
Rider is active in USA Hockey as a coach, evaluator, and as an instructor in the coach education program. She has served as an evaluator for the Central District and coach at the Central District Development Camp. Additionally, she has been an evaluator for New York State. She also served as an intern coach for the USA Hockey U18 Developmental camps in Lake Placid and St. Cloud. She continues to speak at coaching clinics throughout the country. She currently holds a Level 5 USA Hockey coaching certification.
MAUREEN GREINER - CONCORDIA COLLEGE
Before coming to Concordia Greiner served as the assistant coach at Augsburg during the 2018 campaign where she helped the Auggies finish third in the league standings and advance to the conference semifinals.
Greiner made her mark in the MIAC behind the bench for St. Thomas where she was the top assistant coach for six seasons. During her time at UST she helped guide the Tommies to a pair of MIAC regular season championships, four conference playoff title teams and six straight trips to the MIAC playoffs. Greiner also helped the Tommies earn the program's first-ever berth in the Frozen Four in 2014.
In addition to her collegiate experience, Greiner was also the assistant coach at Minnetonka High School when the Skippers won the Minnesota High School AA State Championship in 2012 and 2013.
Greiner is a product of the MIAC having graduated from St. Thomas in 2006 with a degree in Legal Studies in Business. She played both hockey and golf for the Tommies from 2002-06 and was an eight-time All-MIAC honoree in both sports. Greiner was a two-time individual MIAC champion and All-America Honorable Mention in golf. She was just as productive on the ice for St. Thomas as she finished her career with 56 goals and 142 career points which, at the time, ranked third on the UST career list and in the top 20 in MIAC history. As a senior, she was the NCAA Division III statistical champion in assists per game.
While playing at St. Thomas, she began coaching with Highland Central Youth Hockey from 2003-2006 and trained hockey players of all ages on and off the ice as the lead instructor at Total Hockey Training Center in Eagan, Minn., from 2004-2010. She was also an assistant varsity coach at Eastview High in Apple Valley, Minn., from 2006-2010.
A.J. AITKEN - ST. NORBERT COLLEGE
A.J. Aitken will be in his second season as St. Norbert College's women's hockey coach in 2020-21.
Aitken led the Green Knights to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs in his first season. The year included a four-game winning streak late in the year, St. Norbert's longest in four seasons. The Green Knights also posted five consecutive home wins.
Aitken served 11 years during two stints as associate head coach for the Green Knights’ men’s program. Aitken also spent three seasons as the head coach of the Marian University men’s program.
During his time with the St. Norbert men’s program, Aitken helped the Green Knights to a 264-47-26 record, which included nine NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearances and three NCAA Division III national championships in 2008, 2011 and 2012. After nine seasons on the St. Norbert bench, Aitken fashioned a 39-37-4 mark during his three seasons with Marian from 2012-15 before returning to St. Norbert for two seasons. Following his second tenure at St. Norbert, Aitken coached the Green Bay Bobcats U14 girls and the Green Bay Hornets U16 girls.
A Fort McMurray, Alberta, native, Aitken played for NCAA Division I Michigan Tech from 1997 to 2000. Aitken played in 140 games for the Huskies, scoring 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. He also served as the Huskies’ team captain during his last two seasons. Aitken, a finance major at MTU, was also named Academic All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association twice.
Following his collegiate career, Aitken played with Macon and Memphis of the Central Hockey League. His stint in Memphis, from 2001 to 2003, resulted in being a part of two CHL championships.
TOM HOFMAN - TRINE UNIVERSITY
Tom Hofman was named head coach of the Trine women's NCAA DIII hockey team in May of 2016, with the team beginning competition in the fall of 2017.
In the just the team's second season, Hofman led them to their first Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Slaats Cup Playoff berth. The team finished the season tied for fourth in the NCHA with an 8-8-2 record to earn their first postseason berth. The Thunder would bow out of the playoffs in the first round but finished the season 10-13-2 overall a six-win and 12 point improvement over their inaugural season.
Hofman most recently served as the inaugural head coach of the women’s ACHA Division I hockey team at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously he had served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at Davenport and an assistant women’s hockey coach at Grand Valley State University, where his duties included serving as lead recruiter.
LINDSAY MACY - FINLANDIA UNIVERSITY
Lindsay Macy is in her first season as head coach of the Finlandia University women’s hockey team.
Macy comes to the Keweenaw from Idaho, where she started a AAA girl’s program for Coeur d’Alene Hockey Academy located in Coeur d’Alene, which was the only US program in the prestigious Canadian Sports School Hockey League.
Macy got her coaching start at her alma mater Owatonna High School (Owatonna, Minn.) where she coached in both the girl’s and boy’s JV and Varsity programs. Her coaching experience also includes coaching private lessons, small group lessons and running hockey schools for kids of all ages through her business, Lamplighters Hockey.
Macy has a variety of expertise in the hockey world including, holding a level IV USA Hockey Coaching certifications, a level I USA Hockey Referee Certification and has served as the Assistant General Manager of CDA Hockey Academy while heading the girl’s program.
Macy had a strong career at Owatonna High School where she amassed 413 points in 152 games. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she scored 74 points in 66 games for the Badgers. Macy finished her collegiate career at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She scored 44 points in 62 games for the Mavericks.
Macy had a stint on the United States U-22 national team. After graduating from college, she played one season for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL). Macy helped the Whitecaps win the WWHL championship and reach the Clarkston Cup final.
JENNIFER WILSON - LAKE FOREST COLLEGE
Wilson came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division III Buffalo State, a member of the Northeast Women's Hockey League. The Bengals posted a 13-11-2 overall record in 2017-18, Wilson's only season at the helm of the program. The team was 9-6-1 in conference play and earned a home game in the inaugural NEWHL playoffs by placing second in the standings behind perennial national power Plattsburgh State.
Prior to her time at Buffalo State, Wilson spent a pair of seasons as the head coach at ACHA Division I Robert Morris University in Chicago and associate head coach at the high school level at Loyola Academy. She helped lead Robert Morris to the Eagles' first appearance in the conference tournament semifinals in four years and Loyola to a state title and runner-up finish.
Wilson's coaching career began at NCAA Division II St. Michael's in Vermont, where she was an assistant for two seasons. She helped lead the Knights to their first postseason appearance in the program's 12-year history and was selected as an intern coach for the U15 National Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. Wilson remains active with USA Hockey as a certified level 4 coach and has additional experience as a talent evaluator, instructor, and coach for several high-level state programs and showcases.
Wilson began her collegiate playing career at NCAA Division III Manhattanville College, where she was part of the 2006 ECAC-East Championship team that posted a 23-4-1 record. She played her final two years at Robert Morris, where she served as an assistant captain and amassed 49 points on 22 goals and 27 assists in 68 games. The Manitowoc, Wisconsin, native was also one of the state's top high school players and was selected to Team Wisconsin for the Chicago Showcase.