New women’s ice hockey coach hired from Dartmouth

Holley Tyng, the former Associate Head Coach of the Dartmouth Women’s Ice Hockey program, was hired last week as the interim head coach of the Colby Women’s Ice Hockey team. With only 3 weeks until the Mules begin their season, Tyng certainly has a lot to do to prepare for Colby’s season opener against Bowdoin on November 19. However, she explained to The Echo that this fast transition to the position as Head Coach at Colby is “not hard, but rather exciting,” and she is thrilled to begin coaching the Mules. Along with a sense of excitement and contagious optimism, Tyng brings extensive coaching experience with her to Colby. Prior to arriving at Colby, Tyng first served as the head coach of the girls’ ice hockey team at Tabor Academy, a boarding school in Marion, MA 2002–2005. She went on to serve as the Assistant Coach at Dartmouth College for six years, was then promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach of the Big Green for five years. In this time, Tyng led Tabor to a 23-10-5 record in two years, and helped Dartmouth appear in four NCAA Tournaments, achieve two ECAC Hockey Tournament titles, an Ivy League Championship, and an ECAC Hockey regular season title. Tyng explained that she truly loves coaching — both because of her love for ice hockey and competition, as well as her interest in helping develop the players’ skills. In addition to her depth of experience as a coach, Tyng also brings enormous experience as a player. Tyng played prep school hockey at Tabor Academy, and went on to play at Providence College, where she was captain and a three-time ECAC All-Academic Team selection.

One of Tyng’s main goals this season is to foster team chemistry and lead the Mules to a great season. Tyng explained to The Echo that she intends to continue to grow the culture of the Women’s Ice Hockey program and instill strong values that will lead to success. She emphasized her excitement about Colby hockey and hopes to reflect this attitude in both the players and fans at Colby.
Although Tyng just recently arrived in Waterville, Colby is not completely new to her, as both Tyng’s older sister and her brother-in-law attended Colby College. She expressed that she already loves Colby and Maine, and can’t wait to begin coaching the team.

Although this was a very sudden change for Colby Women’s Ice Hockey, the players are very excited to step on the ice with her come November 1. One player on the team told The Echo that “the team is super excited and believes Holley has the passion and experience needed to bring the team to a new level.” Obviously, both the Mules and Coach Tyng are excited and looking forward to the upcoming hockey season.

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