|Phone Number:||(203) 582-5382|
|Previous College:||Brown '03|
|Position:||Interim Head Coach|
Cassandra Turner was announced as Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Interim Head Coach on Apr. 17, 2015.
In 2014-15, Turner completed her seventh season as a member of the Bobcats’ coaching staff and fourth in the role of Associate Head Coach. Her success in the game -- as a recruiter, teacher of defensive skills, and role model for the highly motivated female athlete -- has affirmed her place among the elite young coaches in the women’s game.
Her leadership, championship playing experience, international coaching experience and innovative approach to development have played a vital role in the resurgence of the Quinnipiac program.
Turner has re-energized the program’s team culture around an attitude that emphasizes team play, hard work, and a commitment to defensive hockey.
Under her leadership, the Bobcats established new lows for goals against, leading the nation in Scoring Defense in 2009-10 by holding opponents to 1.38 goals per game. In 2014-15, the Bobcats were third in the nation allowing just 1.18 goals per game, the fewest in program history.
The Bobcats also improved by staying out of the penalty box under Turner as they went from the most penalized team in the nation in 2007-2008 to the least penalized team in Division I women’s ice hockey for six straight seasons (2009-15). Quinnipiac also set a new NCAA record for fewest penalty minutes in a season with 162 and fewest penalty minutes per game at 4.3 in 2014-15. Additionally, her attention to detail on special teams and with the defensemen has helped many members of team realize new lofty personal and team goals.
Since her arrival at Quinnipiac in 2008, Quinnipiac has won 131 games, with 19 or more in her last six seasons as an assistant coach or associate head coach. This past year saw Quinnipiac win a program record 26 games and 15 conference games, as well as clinching the first at-large NCAA Tournament bid in program history.
Over the last six years, Turner has helped recruit 16 All-ECAC Hockey selections, including five First Team honorees and six all-rookie selections. Most notable is the program’s only All-American Kelly Babstock who was also a four-time All-ECAC Hockey selection, ECAC Hockey Rookie and Player of the Year in 2010-11, and the program’s all-time scoring leader with 95 goals and 108 assists for 203 points.
Off the ice, 72 women’s ice hockey student-athletes have been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, highlighted by a program record 18 in 2014-15. Under Turner’s direction, Quinnipiac goaltender Chelsea Laden was awarded ECAC Hockey’s Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award as well as ECAC Hockey and Hockey East’s Sarah Devens Award Winner.
In addition to her role with the Bobcats, Turner has been a longtime fixture within Hockey Canada’s Development program, first as an assistant coach and as the head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team during the 2014-15 season. The head coaching position was a landmark accomplishment for Turner as that season was her fifth stint within the Canadian National Development program and the first year as a head coach. She has previous experience serving as an assistant for both the U-18 National Team and the Women’s Development Team since first joining the Hockey Canada coaching contingent in 2011.
During the 2014-15 season, Turner led the Canadian U-18 team to the silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Buffalo, New York with current assistant coach Amanda Mazzotta serving as the Goaltending Coach. Canada fell to the current freshman Melissa Samoskevich and the United States, 3-2, in the gold medal game.
Turner’s crowning achievement comes on the heels of her gold medal run in the 2014 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Budapest where she helped guide Canada’s U-18 Team to the world title in April 2014. Turner guided a dominating Canadian squad that outscored their opponents, 25-2, throughout the five-game gold medal tourney run. She had previous experience with Canada’s 2013-14 U-18 Team as she was on the staff for the U-18 National Team series between the United States back in Aug. 2013. Canada took two-out-of-three games against Team USA in the three-game series held in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Before her breakout season in 2013-14, Turner’s experience with Hockey Canada dates back to the 2011 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship, serving as an assistant with the U-22/Development Team in the summer of 2012 and winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2013 MECO Cup. Over the last 18 months alone, Turner has enjoyed a great deal of success as she led the U-22 squad to a series victory over Team USA in Aug. 2012, won the gold medal at the 2013 MECO Cup, won the Canada-USA series with the U-18 squad in Aug. 2013 and most recently added a second gold medal and World Championship title to her resume at the 2014 Women’s World Championship.
During her playing career, she also represented Canada three times as a player on the U-22 National Team from 2001-2003, highlighted by a Gold Medal finish at the 2003 Air Canada Cup.
Turner’s success in the coaching arena, reflects her ability to share many of the valuable lessons learned in her playing career with a demonstrated history of excellence at the club, university, and international level. She served as an assistant captain for Team Ontario’s gold medal winning 1999 Canada Games team. From there, Turner put together a decorated playing career at Brown University where she was a two-time captain. Brown was 83-33-12 during her four year career.
A steady, disciplined defenseman she played a key role in some of the most successful seasons in Brown Women’s Hockey history. During her four-year career, she led the Bears to two Ivy League and two ECAC Hockey Championships, as well as two appearances in the National Championship final. ECAC Coaches voted her to All-League Teams twice (First Team 2002, Second Team 2003). The New England Hockey Writers named her to their Division I All-Star team following the 2001-2002 season. She also earned First Team All-Ivy honors in 2002.
In her career, she compiled 12 goals and 50 assists for 62 points in 121 games. As a senior, Turner scored a career-high eight goals and as a junior Turner tallied a career-high 17 assists and 21 points in all 35 games that season on the Bears way to a National Runner-Up appearance.
After Brown, she played two seasons in the NWHL for the Toronto Aeros Sr. Women’s Hockey Team. In 2003-2004, Turner helped lead the Aeros to the NWHL Regular Season Championship and the ESSO Women’s National Championship. The Aeros repeated their success at the 2005 ESSO Championship with Turner being named the event’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Turner graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a degree in psychology, and earned a master’s degree in education from Elmira College in 2007. She lives in Wallingford, Conn. with her husband Paul and their son, Blake.
THE CASSIE TURNER FILE
- Four seasons as the associate head coach for Quinnipiac women's ice hockey
- Named Canada's National Women's Under-18 head coach for 2014-15 season
- Entering her fifth season holding a position within Hockey Canada's Development program's coaching staffs
- Won a gold medal and World Championship while serving as an assistant coach for Canada's National U-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF Women's World Championship held in Budapest
- Previously served as an assistant at Colgate University
- As Colgate's women's ice hockey academic monitor, Turner guided 12 players to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team
- Spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Elmira College
- Helped guide the 2006-07 Elmira team to a 19-5-3 overall record as it finished the season ranked fifth in the national coaches poll
- Was a two-time All-ECAC and All-Ivy League selection as a player at Brown University
- Played for the Team Canada Under-22 Team in the Air Canada Cup Championship in 2003
- Helped the Toronto Aeros of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) to a regular-season championship and the Esso Women's National Championship
- Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brown University in 2003 and a master's degree in education in 2007