Ashley Salerno is in her first year as Head Coach at Castleton University in Rutland, Vermont. Salerno has risen quickly through the women’s hockey coaching ranks and is one of the most promising young coaches in the women’s game. Prior to Castleton, Salerno served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, The University of Vermont for the 2016-17 season, after having completed two seasons as an assistant at Middlebury College, a traditional Division III powerhouse.
Ashley began her playing career at Amherst College, where she was an All-NESCAC selection as a defenseman in her sophomore and junior years. She transferred to the University of Vermont for her senior year where she was part of a team that advanced to the Hockey East semifinals for the first time in program history and set a program record with 18 wins. Salerno is active in the summer coaching circuit, having worked at a variety of private camps and USA Hockey affiliated events.
Chris Cobb is completing his second year as Dartmouth College’s top assistant, completing his sixth year of coaching in NCAA women’s hockey. Cobb came to Dartmouth after a year at Union College, prior to that having served three years as the primary assistant at Williams College, including a NESCAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.
Cobb began is women’s hockey coaching career at his alma mater, University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he headed the women’s club team while at the same time serving as a volunteer assistant for Jim Plumer at Amherst College. Cobb was part of the Amherst College team for three years, including a Division III National Championship in 2010.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (Canada) Sarah Vaillancourt returns to Summit for the third straight year. For the past four years, Sarah coached at Stanstead College in Quebec, where she won back to back NAPHA championships, while developing several players for Canada’s U-18 National team. An accomplished player herself, Vaillancourt won the Patty Kazmaier Award as a senior at Harvard in 2007, emblematic of the top player in all of Division I NCAA women’s hockey. She also competed with Canada’s Olympic team in 2006 and 2010, winning gold in Torino, Italy and in Vancouver, British Columbia.