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Looney, Sciba and Altmann Named to 2022 Women’s National Team Coaching Staff

By USA Hockey, 06/22/22, 10:00AM EDT

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Trio to join Wroblewski behind bench at IIHF Women’s World Championship in August

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Shelley Looney (Maryland Heights, Mo./Lindenwood University) and Josh Sciba (Westland, Mich./Union College) will serve as assistant coaches and Alli Altmann (Eagan, Minn.) as goaltending coach for the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. The trio will join head coach John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.) in guiding Team USA at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Aug. 25 – Sept. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

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About Looney

Looney, a two-time Olympian who helped the U.S. win Olympic gold in 1998, is the head women’s ice hockey coach at Lindenwood University where she has served since the 2019-20 campaign. She is making her debut on the coaching staff of a U.S. Women’s National Team.

Looney served as head coach for the 2019 and 2017 U.S. Women’s National University Team, leading the U.S. to a fourth-place finish in 2019 and a third-place showing in 2017. She also was an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. Women’s National University Team. 

Looney also served as an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team in 2010, as well as for the 2004 U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team. 

As a player, Looney represented the United States at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and in eight IIHF Women’s World Championships. She scored one of the most important goals in U.S. women’s hockey history, tallying the game-winning goal in the gold medal game at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. 

About Sciba

Sciba is making his first appearance on the U.S. Women’s National Team staff in 2022, but is no stranger to international hockey. 

As an assistant coach, Sciba helped lead the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the 2020 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia, after serving in the same capacity for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team. He made his USA Hockey coaching debut in the 2018 Under-18 Series vs. Canada. 

Sciba is currently the head coach of the Union College women’s ice hockey team, a role he has served in for the past six seasons. Prior to Union, he was an assistant women’s hockey coach at Colgate University (2012-16), prior to four years with the Niagara University women’s ice hockey program, including one season (2011-12) as head coach and three (2008-11) as assistant coach.

As a player, Sciba was a member of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program from 2001-03, prior to playing four years at the University of Notre Dame. 

About Altmann

For the second consecutive season, Altmann is serving as the goaltending coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team. She served in same capacity in 2021, helping lead Team USA to a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship. 

Most recently, Altmann was the goaltending coach for the 2022 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team, which earned a silver medal at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. She has served as goaltending coach for the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team for four seasons (2018-22) and has been part of the staff for the U.S. Women’s National Festival since 2016. 

The Eagan, Minnesota, native is the co-owner and vice president of DEVENIR Goaltenders.

Altmann played four seasons collegiately for Minnesota State University. During her time with the Mavericks, she recorded a career .901 save percentage and also holds the school record for most games played with 110. The three-time WCHA All-Academic honoree led Minnesota State to the school’s first-ever WCHA Final Face Off appearance in 2009. 

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