Courtney Kennedy is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team for the fourth time.
Kennedy served in the same capacity for the gold medal-winning 2016 U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Zlin & Prerov, Czech Republic. She also helped the 2013 and 2014 squads earn silver medals at the event.
Kennedy is currently in her 11th season on the Boston College women’s hockey staff. In addition to her on-ice coaching duties, Kennedy also heads the Eagles’ recruiting efforts and oversees hockey operations for the team. She was promoted to associate head coach before the 2012-13 season. She was honored by her peers with the AHCA Women’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award, which recognizes an assistant coach’s body of work in women’s hockey.
Kennedy came to BC after three years as the head coach of women’s ice hockey at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass.
As a player, Kennedy was a two-time Olympian, having earned a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a bronze medal at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. Kennedy also helped the U.S. capture a gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2005.
Kennedy was a two-time All-America defenseman at Minnesota in 1999 and 2001. As a senior in 2001, she earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was also a Top Three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. As a junior in 2000, she helped lead Minnesota to its first national title.
Kennedy graduated from Minnesota in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in youth studies and currently lives in her hometown of Woburn.