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Anna Maria names new Women’s Ice Hockey Coach

Anna Maria names new Women’s Ice Hockey Coach

Mike Cox to lead AMCATS in inaugural season in 2018-19 

                PAXTON, Mass. – The Anna Maria College Athletic Department has announced that women's ice hockey will be added as a sport, beginning with the 2018-19 season, according to Director of Athletics Serge DeBari.

                The AMCATS will play their home games at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass. DeBari also announced the hiring of Mike Cox as the first AMCATS head coach.

                "Anna Maria College is excited to be expanding its Athletics offering with the addition of women's ice hockey," said DeBari. "The New England Sports Center is one of the premiere hockey facilities in New England.  We are excited that Mike Cox will be leading our women's program. It is not often that a first-year program can attract a coach who has such an impressive personal and coaching resume.  Beginning a new program is always challenging but certainly a challenge that Mike Cox has already proven he is capable of handling. "

                Coach ​ ​Cox​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Anna​ ​Maria​ ​campus​ ​with​ ​a​ ​wealth​ ​of​ ​hockey​ ​experience, ​having​ ​spent more​ ​than​ ​25​ ​years​ ​as​ ​collegiate​ ​and​ ​high​ ​school​ ​coach.

                "I​ ​am​ ​honored​ ​and​ ​humbled​ ​to​ ​be​ ​selected​ ​the​ ​first​ ​coach​ ​of​ ​women's​ ​hockey​ ​at​ ​Anna​ ​Maria," said Cox. "From​ ​the​ ​outset,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​very​ ​impressed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​college's​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​launching​ ​a​ ​women's​ ​hockey program.​ ​This​ ​endeavor​ ​is​ ​going​ ​further​ ​the​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​this​ ​rich​ ​and​ ​vibrant​ ​Catholic​ ​institution while​ ​also​ ​giving​ ​more​ ​female​ ​hockey​ ​players​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​play​ ​collegiately."

                ​Cox​ ​most​ ​recently​ ​served​ ​as​ ​Salve​ ​Regina​ ​University's​ ​head​ ​women's coach​ ​from​ ​2006-2014,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​is​ ​the​ ​program's​ ​all-time​ ​winningest​ ​coach.​ ​During​ ​his​ ​time​ ​in Newport,​ ​Cox​ ​helped​ ​transform​ ​a​ ​struggling​ ​Seahawk​ ​program​ ​into​ ​a​ ​perennial​ ​ECAC contender.​ ​During​ ​his​ ​eight​ ​seasons​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Seahawks,​ ​he​ ​amassed​ ​101​ ​victories,​ ​including​ ​a 16-7-4​ ​mark​ ​in​ ​his​ ​final​ ​season,​ ​and​ ​scored​ ​playoff​ ​victories​ ​over​ ​Norwich,​ ​Manhattanville, Castleton,​ ​UMass​ ​Boston​ ​and​ ​Nichols.

                Before​ ​the​ ​Seahawks,​ ​Cox​ ​served​ ​as​ ​an​ ​assistant​ ​at​ ​three​ ​Division​ ​I​ ​schools​ ​--​ ​Boston​ ​College, Northeastern​ ​and​ ​Harvard,​ ​​ ​where​ ​he​ ​helped​ ​the​ ​Crimson​ ​capture​ ​a​ ​National​ ​Championship​ ​in 1999,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​33-1​ ​mark.   Cox​ ​has​ ​coached​ ​four​ ​Olympians​ ​and​ ​four​ ​Patty​ ​Kazmaier​ ​Winners,​ ​an​ ​award​ ​given​ ​annually​ ​to the​ ​nation's​ ​top​ ​female​ ​hockey​ ​player.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​also​ ​coached​ ​eight​ ​All​ ​Americans,​ ​three​ ​Hockey Humanitarians,​ ​10​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​All​ ​Hockey​ ​East​ ​team,​ ​six​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Hockey​ ​East​ ​All Rookie​ ​team,​ ​four​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ECAC​ ​All​ ​Star​ ​Team​ ​and​ ​six​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ECAC​ ​All Rookie​ ​Team.   He​ ​has​ ​been​ ​on​ ​the​ ​AWCHA​ ​National​ ​Staff​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​with​ ​Harvard​ ​in​ ​1999​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Hockey East​ ​Staff​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​twice,​ ​with​ ​Northeastern​ ​in​ ​2004​ ​and​ ​Boston​ ​College​ ​in​ ​2005.

                Cox​ ​got​ ​his​ ​start​ ​in​ ​coaching​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Shrewsbury​ ​High​ ​School​ ​boys​ ​team,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​helped​ ​the team​ ​to​ ​a​ ​state​ ​finals​ ​appearance​ ​in​ ​1997.​ ​Most​ ​recently​ ​he​ ​was​ ​head​ ​coach​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Medfield High​ ​School​ ​girls' team,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​posted​ ​a​ ​29-10-5​ ​record​ ​over​ ​two​ ​seasons​ ​and​ ​sent​ ​two players​ ​two​ ​USA​ ​Hockey's​ ​National​ ​Development​ ​Camp.   Cox​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Level​ ​IV​ ​certified​ ​USA​ ​Hockey​ ​Coach​ ​and​ ​has​ ​served​ ​as​ ​an​ ​regional​ ​evaluator​ ​for​ ​USA Hockey's​ ​national​ ​camp.​ ​He​ ​played​ ​collegiately​ ​at​ ​Merrimack​ ​College,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​holds​ ​a bachelor's​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​English.​ ​He​ ​also​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​Master's​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Sports​ ​Administration​ ​from Lasell​ ​College. 


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Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, AMC is located on a 192-acre campus in Paxton, Mass., minutes from the vibrant college-town of Worcester. AMC provides quality programs that integrate liberal education and professional preparation that is committed to the fundamental value of liberal arts and sciences education rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne.