Michael Barrett has been named the new women’s head coach at Sacred Heart. Barrett replaces Joy Woog, who became the interim head women’s coach at Northeastern on Sept. 14.
Barrett was the head coach of Lyman Hall High School, and also runs the Mike Barrett Hockey School during the summer months.
Sacred Heart is coming off an 11-10-1, season in 1999-2000, and made a quarterfinal appearance in the ECAC Division III women’s ice hockey playoffs. In the four-year history of the program, the Pioneers have not had a losing season, going 46-24-4 in that time. SHU has also been in the last two ECAC Division III women’s ice hockey playoffs.
The Pioneers return their second leading scorer from a year ago, senior forward Jaime Stimets, who tallied eight goals and 25 points. Stimets needs 10 more assists to break the career record for assists, currently held by Lauren Wiggins, who finished her career last year with 59.
Junior Kim Derleth returns between the pipes for the Pioneers. She went 7-9-1 in her sophomore season, with a 2.52 goals against average.
Barrett has been an instructor for the New Haven Nighthawks/Robbie Ftorek Hockey Care Schools, in New Haven, Conn., and an assistant coach for the Connecticut Clippers Women’s Midgets Team. He has also held positions as an assistant coach at North Haven High School (1994-97), and as head coach for Milford High School (1992-94).
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater, Quinnipiac, from 1985-91. Since 1988, he has held various positions at Quinnipiac, most recently as the Director of Annual Giving. He was also the Director of Alumni Affairs, and an admissions officer at Quinnipiac.
The Pioneers begin the season on Nov. 18 at Holy Cross, and begin their ECAC schedule on Nov. 19 at Williams.