Hockey - Girls' Varsity
In January 2018, three-time Olympian Meghan Duggan (winner of a gold medal in 2018 and silver medals in 2014 and 2010) visited Taft and led practice for the girls' hockey team. During her visit to Taft, Duggan was joined by fellow Olympic Gold Medalists Sue Merz and Gretchen Ulion Silverman (head coach of the Taft team) to host a clinic at Taft's Odden Arena for Connecticut Youth Hockey Players.
The Taft girls' hockey team prides itself on effort, teamwork, and character. Our girls are serious student-athletes who strive for excellence both on the ice and in the classroom. The girls' hockey program at Taft has a long tradition of success. One of the oldest female hockey programs in the country, the team celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. A consistent member of the top 10 teams in New England, Taft has made regular trips to post-season play. The program has also claimed the New England Championship Title three times. The coaches maintain a strong emphasis on individual skill and tactical play development with a focus on preparing players for success at the collegiate level and beyond. Players benefit from four on-ice practices per week and an off-ice strength and conditioning program. Taft plays one of the most competitive prep-school schedules around and hosts the Patsy K. Odden Tournament in mid-December. Taft graduates consistently move on to play collegiate hockey at the Division I and III levels. Several Taft graduates have moved on to play at the international levels for both the U.S. and Canada and two graduates have been honored with two of hockey's highest honors. Chanda Gunn '99, a member of the 2006 Olympic Team and graduate of Northeastern University, was honored with the Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2004 and A.J Mleczko '93, member of the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Teams and graduate of Harvard University, won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 1999.
Learn more about Coach Silverman from her interview with Gotta Love CT Hockey: http://bit.ly/2pDm60U
About Head Coach Gretchen Silverman
Gretchen Silverman came to Taft in 2013. She teaches Algebra, works in the Admissions Department, coaches the Girls' Varsity Hockey Team, and lives in Centennial dorm with her husband and two sons.
After graduating from Loomis Chaffee in 1990, Gretchen studied at Dartmouth College, where she majored in history and economics. At Dartmouth, she was a standout hockey player and remains the program's all-time leading scorer, with 189 goals and 312 points. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year. She served as captain of the Dartmouth Big Green during the 1993–94 season.
Gretchen was a member of the 1998 US Olympic team, where she played alongside Taft alumna A.J. Mleczko ’93 in Nagano, Japan. Gretchen led the team through their Olympic run with 8 points, 3 goals, and 5 assists. She scored the first goal in the gold-medal game against Canada, the first women’s ice hockey gold-medal game in Olympic history.
In addition to being a committed educator, Gretchen remains devoted to hockey and to growing the game. She has been an evaluator and coach for the USA Hockey New England Regional Festivals and has coached at the USA Hockey U14 New England Regional Development Camp, and the U15 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In 2016 she served as an assistant coach at the U18 Festival in Lake Placid, New York, where she was the motivational speaker for the U18 and O18 National teams.
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