Boston University women’s hockey assistant Watchorn tabbed first coach for Stonehill, which will start NEWHA play in ’22-23


Tara Watchorn performed and coached at Boston College (picture: Wealthy Gagnon).

Stonehill has named Boston College assistant coach Tara Watchorn the primary head coach of its girls’s hockey program.

The crew is about to compete within the New England Girls’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) beginning with the 2022-23 season.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tara to Stonehill as our inaugural head coach,” stated Stonehill director of athletics Dean O’Keefe in a press release. “Her vitality and keenness for the game of girls’s ice hockey is contagious, and her spectacular expertise teaching and taking part in on the highest ranges will allow her to construct a tradition of success for our student-athletes each on and off the ice. Tara is likely one of the vivid younger teaching stars on this planet of girls’s ice hockey, and we’re excited to have her be a part of the Skyhawk household.”

Watchorn joins Stonehill following 4 years as an assistant coach below longtime mentor Brian Durocher at her alma mater. She was primarily liable for working with the Terriers protection and participant talent growth, which noticed a penalty kill throughout the 2020-21 season end fourth within the nation at 92.1 % and the unit has ranked inside the highest 5 nationally for goals-against common twice.

“Tara Watchorn is a younger and thrilling rent for the brand new Stonehill program,” Durocher stated. “She is a assured particular person and extremely educated expertise coach. Her wide selection of taking part in expertise can be an asset in recruiting, instructing and mentoring the proficient student-athletes at Stonehill. The Boston College hockey household thanks her and desires her properly as she goes ahead in her teaching journey.”

A member of the 2014 Canadian Nationwide Workforce that received the gold medal on the 2014 Winter Olympic Video games in Sochi, Russia, Watchorn stays energetic with Hockey Canada as assistant coach on the Beneath-18 stage. The crew earned a silver medal on the 2019-20 World Championships, the place she was liable for crew logistics, penalty kill and defensive zone protection, psychological expertise efficiency and gameday protocol.


Watchorn loved an 11-year taking part in profession for Workforce Canada as a defenseman wherein she appeared in 46 video games in worldwide competitors as a three-time IIHF Girls’s World Championship silver medalist (2011, 2015, 2016), and two-time gold medalist on the 4 Nations Cup (2013, 2014), along with her Olympic gold medal.

Watchorn, who’s at present working in the direction of her Grasp of Science in Organizational Management at Northeastern, is a 2012 graduate of Boston College. She was a four-year letter-winner for the Terriers, serving to lead the crew to the primary two Hockey East championships in program historical past in 2010, netting the game-winning objective in time beyond regulation, and 2012, reaching the Frozen 4 in 2011. She was a two-time Hockey East and New England Division I All-Star in addition to a member of the 2008 Hockey East All-Rookie Workforce.

She additionally had an expert taking part in profession with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Girls’s Hockey League, showing in two CWHL All-Star Video games and being named the 2015 CWHL Defenseman of the 12 months – main the crew to the Clarkson Cup the identical season.

“It’s each an honor and a privilege to have been chosen as the primary ever girls’s ice hockey coach at Stonehill,” stated Watchorn. “Thanks to Dean O’Keefe for believing in my imaginative and prescient and entrusting me with constructing one thing particular inside the already superb neighborhood that Stonehill has to supply. I stay up for recruiting prime notch younger girls that can assist to create a dynamic and numerous tradition that represents Stonehill’s values each on and off the ice.”

Stonehill introduced the addition of girls’s hockey and NEWHA convention affiliation in December 2019.


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