The NGHL is thrilled to be working with a dedicated and knowledgeable staff for our Combine, June 10-12, 2022. These current Division I and Division III NCAA coaches run practices, coach games, attend meet-and-greets, and lead seminars on recruitment and other helpful topics.
Rachel Grampp was promoted to interim head women’s ice hockey coach three games into the 2021-22 season after serving as an assistant coach with the Bengals since 2019. She has previous coaching experience as an assistant with SUNY Canton in 2018-19 as well as serving as an intern coach for the U15 USA National Development Camp.
Grampp was a standout player at Elmira College where she was the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Defensive Player of the Year and an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Academic All-American as a senior. She helped the Soaring Eagles reach the NCAA Championships during all four seasons of her career, including a pair of national runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2018.
The four-year student-athlete also competed for the women's lacrosse (Empire 8 Honorable Mention) and women's soccer (goalkeeper led Empire 8 in saves per game).
A native of Williamsville, N.Y., Grampp completed her bachelor's degree in psychology with a criminal justice minor.
Coaching Career Mandy Montgomery enters her fourth season as assistant coach of the nationally-recognized Elmira College women's ice hockey program.
Montgomery joined the Soaring Eagles with a wealth of experience as both a coach and student-athlete at the Division I and III levels, most recently as an assistant coach at SUNY Canton, members of the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC). Her responsibilities with the Kangaroos included recruiting, creating practice plans, analyzing game film, and organizing the team's strength and conditioning program, in addition, to assist students in the classroom as a tutor at SUNY Canton's Betty J. Evans Tutoring Center.
With Montgomery on the bench, the Kangaroos advanced to the semifinal round of the CHC Tournament for a second consecutive year. She mentored Canton's Tess Adams to the conference's Player of the Year Award, after ranking second in the CHC in points (27), goals (14), and power-play points (11). Adams was also one of four 'Roos to garner CHC All-Conference accolades in 2017-18. Off of the ice, Montgomery helped 12 of her student-athletes collect CHC All-Academic Team honorees, while six more received United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-Academic Team awards.
Montgomery's extensive hockey background also includes two years as an assistant at Division I institutions. In 2014-15, she joined the coaching staff at her alma mater, Sacred Heart University, where she worked primarily with the team's goaltenders and defense. In 2016-17, the Grand Ledge, Michigan, native worked alongside former Elmira head coach and reigning Division I Coach of the Year, Greg Fargo '05, at nearby Colgate University. That season, Colgate won 22 games and qualified for the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the second consecutive year, and ranked among national leaders in penalty kill percentage (90.5), as well as scoring defense (2.03 gpg).
Outside of collegiate hockey, Montgomery gained valuable experience as a coach at several USA Hockey development camps and as director of the U20 academy at the Hockey Training Institute (HTI) in Mulmur, Ontario. Montgomery possesses a Level 3 certification from USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program and training in concussion management and strength and conditioning.
Playing Career During her playing days, Montgomery spent the first two years of her collegiate career as a member of the inaugural St. Norbert College women's ice hockey teams in 2010-11 and 2011-12. As a sophomore goaltender with the Green Knights, she recorded shutout victories in two of her five starts. Montgomery then transferred to Division I Sacred Heart and played her final two seasons with the Pioneers. She was second on the team in minutes (652:42), saves (442), and victories (4) as a junior, helping the Pioneers achieve an 18-win season.
Montgomery graduated summa cum laude from Sacred Heart in 2014 with a degree in English.
Coaching Career Salerno joined the staff at Middlebury for the second time in 2018 as an assistant coach. She spent one season as the head coach at Castleton, after spending a winter at the University of Vermont as an assistant coach.
In 2017-18, she led Castleton to 13 wins and a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) semifinal appearance, earning conference co-coach of the year honors. The previous season, Salerno was an assistant coach at the University of Vermont during the 2016-17 season, helping the Catamounts to a winning record and a berth in the Hockey East semifinals for just the second time in program history.
During her first two seasons at Middlebury (2014-16), she was the point person in the recruiting process, reviewed and prepared game film, developed the year-round strength and conditioning program, and was responsible for coaching the penalty-kill unit. The Panthers posted a 41-11-6 record (.759) during her two years on the staff, winning the NESCAC title and advancing to the final four in 2016. In the two seasons since her return in 2018, Middlebury has gone 37-11-6 and ranked among the national leaders each year in penalty killing.
Playing Career After playing at Amherst for three years, Salerno transferred to Vermont for the 2013-14 season, helping the Catamounts set a program record for single-season wins with 18 and advance to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament for the first time in program history. A defender on the squad, she was selected to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Salerno graduated from Vermont in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She also holds an ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certification and is a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach.
Coaching Career Victoria Blake started as the program's new assistant coach in September of 2019 and is entering her fourth season at Sacred Heart University.
Blake comes to SHU from the Pro-Vision Hockey Academy in Knoxville, TN where she served as the academy's skills and development coach. Her main responsibilities as the coach were for the skills development of athletes, combined on-ice and off-ice training sessions using state-of-the-art interactive equipment. She personally trained and developed hockey players to have a solid foundation of core skills and prepared them to be successful as they moved to more elite levels, by focusing on the athlete's; balance, agility, power, speed, puck handling, endurance, and Hockey IQ. Some of her other responsibilities included marketing and enhancing the customer experience with PVHA. She also served as the Women's Sports Director at Athletes Advantage where she is responsible for engaging with high school client athletes and promoting them to the college level.
Playing Career Blake is a graduate of SUNY Oswego where she played on the women's ice hockey team for all four years she was a student. While at Oswego, she was named the 2018 NEWHL playoff MVP and made the 2015- 16 All-Academic team. Throughout her career as a defenseman, she played in 87 games, tallied five goals, with 12 assists for a combined 17 points. Off the ice, she was a student trainer at Oswego where she was responsible for practice and game preparations for the SUNY Oswego athletes. She also ensured that all setups were complete and organized. She worked with the student-athletes to provide therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries.
Erika graduated from Northeastern University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, Business Minor. She is a ISSA certified Group Fitness Instructor and ISSA certified Nutritionist.
Mia Del Rosso joined Trinity College women’s ice hockey team in the 2021-22 academic year. A 2021 graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience, Del Rosso joins the Trinity coaching staff following a highly-successful playing career for the Mammoths. She is a member of the Trinity Athletics Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Del Ross was a member of Amherst's 2020 that won the NESCAC Championship title. Del Rosso served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color while competing for her alma mater. Additionally, Del Rosso played internationally in the Chinese Ice Hockey Association with Kunlun Red Star from 2018 to 2020. Prior to Amherst, Del Ross also won a Division II NEPSAC title with St. George’s School, where she received all-league honors and played high-level club hockey for the East Coast Wizards and the Bay State Breakers.
Playing Career As a player, Koizumi was a standout and All-WCHA performer at Minnesota Duluth. She served as a captain of the Bulldogs for two seasons and helped lead UMD to a berth in the 2007 NCAA championship game, earning a spot on the Frozen Four All-Tournament team. Her 84 career goals are the seventh-most all-time in Minnesota Duluth history and she was top-3 on the team in scoring all four years of her career.
Koizumi helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF Women's World Championships and also represented her country at the 2007 Four Nations Cup. From 2009 through 2015, she spent time in the Canadian Women's Hockey League with the Montreal Stars and Boston Blades, captaining the Blades for a season and helping them to Clarkson Cup wins in 2013 and 2015.
Most recently, Koizumi was a member of the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), which was founded in 2015. During her only season with the Whale, she served as team captain and also scored the first goal in the history of the NWHL.
Coaching Career Katie Zimmerman was named head coach of the Western New England University women's ice hockey program on June 12, 2019, and is the first head coach in program history.
Zimmerman comes to Western New England following five seasons as an assistant coach at Amherst College, where she helped lead the Mammoths to a record of 82-34-18 (.679). The 2015-16 Amherst squad enjoyed its most successful regular season in program history, going 20-1-3 en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
Prior to her time in Amherst, Zimmerman broke into the coaching profession as an assistant at SUNY Cortland in 2013-14. Additionally, she has held various roles with USA Hockey, including National Camp Head Coach, Intern, and District Evaluator/Coach.
Playing Career Zimmerman, a 2013 graduate of Hamilton College, was a standout performer during her four-year career with the Continentals. The Plymouth, Michigan native was a two-time All-NESCAC selection, leading the conference in goals in both her junior and senior seasons. Zimmerman also earned D3Hockey.com All-East Region accolades at the conclusion of her final collegiate campaign.
After earning her undergraduate degree in Communications from Hamilton, Zimmerman went on to receive a master's degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2016.