Stintzi hires two assistants
Women's track and cross country coach Jim Stintzi brought in two assistants to complete his coaching squad. Will Wabaunsee came over with Stintzi from Michigan State, where he coached from 1997-2004. He will work with throwers, pole vaulters, high jumpers and multi-event athletes.
"Will is a highly regarded field events specialist—truly one of the top vault and multis coaches in the nation," says Stintzi. "He has an eye for talent and great technical expertise. He has an outstanding record of developing athletes and helping them reach their potential. I think both the women on our team and Badger track fans will find that coach Wabaunsee will be a great asset to the UW women's track program."
Elizabeth Zimney, a former men's and women's assistant at Kent State, has been selected to coach the sprinters and long and triple jumpers. At Kent State, she helped the Golden Flashes earn two Mid-American Conference titles—the women's indoor title in 2003 and the men's outdoor title in 2004—and coached six individuals to conference championships.
"I'm excited about having Elizabeth join us," Stintzi said. "She is a great technician and one of the very best young sprint/jumps coaches in college coaching today.
"At Kent State, Elizabeth's sprinters and jumpers dominated their events in this year's outdoor MAC championships which allowed the men to win the team title."
Women's soccer hires former Badger
The women's soccer team went back 10 years to find an assistant coach when it hired former Badger Carrie (Maier) Barker, who played at Wisconsin from 1990-94.
As a Badger, Barker was on a team that went to the NCAA Finals in 1990 and a team that won the Big Ten Championships in 1994. She comes to Madison from the University of Michigan, where she was an assistant coach for seven years. She also worked with the Michigan Hawks, one of the top teams in the country, and with the Michigan Olympic Development Program. After she finished her career at Wisconsin, she played for Fortuna Hjorring, Denmark's club team, as well as for the W-League's Rockford Raptors, Columbus Ziggs, Cleveland Eclipse and Chicago Cobras.
"Carrie has tremendous coaching and playing experience at the collegiate and professional levels," women's soccer head coach Dean Duerst said. "Her familiarity with Wisconsin and the Big Ten is a huge asset and will allow her to make a seamless transition."
Three Badgers play at USA National Hockey Festival
Junior goaltender Meghan Horras, senior defenseman Molly Engstrom and sophomore forward Lindsay Macy will all participate in the U.S. Under-22 Team at the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 15-22. Three exhibition games will pit the U.S. U-22 team against Canada's U-22 team Aug. 25-28.
Horras suited up in 18 games as a Badger last season and collected 357 saves. She was named Defensive Player of the Week Jan. 20 by U.S. College Hockey Online. Her 1.40 goals-against average was second in the nation and she boasted the third-best save percentage of .935.
Engstrom picked up five goals and 19 assists for 24 points in her junior campaign, playing in all 34 games. She earned the Badgers' Defensive Player of the Year award and was named to the 2004 Final Five All-Tournament team by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Macy earned 18 goals and 13 assists as a freshman, second among WCHA freshmen. Three of her goals came on a hat trick Feb. 20 at the Kohl Center against Niagara.
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