Joakim Flygh • Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women’s Hockey.
Joakim Flygh, who went to the NCAA Tournament five times as an assistant coach at Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth, was named Yale’s head women’s ice hockey coach on July 28, 2010. Flygh (whose name is pronounced YOU-a-keem FLEEG) is the 10th coach in Yale women’s ice hockey history.
In 2014-15, Flygh led the Bulldogs to their best winning percentage in eight years, finishing with the second-most overall wins in school history (15). Yale also made its second straight ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance. The team tied the school record for wins in conference games with 12 and scored the second-most goals in a season in school history (93).
In 2013-14 Flygh led the Bulldogs to their first ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance since 2008, and their first postseason win since 2005 (a 3-2 double overtime win at then-No. 5 Harvard Feb. 28 in game one of the quarterfinals). The Bulldogs eventually lost the series two games to one (including a double overtime loss in game two), falling one goal shy of the program's second appearance at the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
Matt Woodard • Associate Head Coach
Matt Woodard, who spent four seasons at RIT and helped the Tigers make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, joined the Yale women’s ice hockey staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017.
Woodard, a native of St. Louis Park, Minn., began coaching at RIT for the 2013-14 season and helped the Tigers win College Hockey America Championships in each of his first two years. In 2014-15, they advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Prior to his stint at RIT, Woodard spent two seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Manhattanville College. The Valiants went 33-18-5 in that span, advancing to the ECAC East Championship game each year. In addition to his coaching duties, Woodard earned a master’s degree in sports business management from Manhattanville in 2013.
Woodard is a 2009 graduate of American International College, where he played defense for the Yellow Jackets. He tied for fourth on the school’s all-time games played list (133), the most for an AIC blueliner. He then played semi-pro hockey for the Fort Wayne Komets and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the CHL in 2009-10.
A double major in criminal justice and psychology, Woodard was a four-time Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team selection at AIC. He was on the Dean’s List every semester and was the recipient of the Dr. James A. Brennan Award for outstanding achievement as a double major. He also earned the ECAC Award of Merit for excellence on the field of competition and in the classroom.
Amanda Boulier • Assistant Coach
Amanda Boulier, a record-setting defenseman and former first team All-ECAC Hockey selection at St. Lawrence, joined the Yale women’s ice hockey staff as assistant coach in the summer of 2016.
Boulier was part of an extremely successful run for the Saints. While playing at St. Lawrence from 2011 through 2016, she helped the team to three seasons with 19 or more wins. That included an ECAC Hockey Tournament championship and NCAA quarterfinals appearance in 2012.
A native of Watertown, Conn., Boulier was an ECAC Hockey All-Rookie selection in 2011-12 after totaling 20 points (4-16-20) in her first season. As a sophomore she earned first team All-ECAC Hockey honors, totaling 32 points (8-24-32). After missing the 2013-14 season due to injury, she returned to the ice in 2014-15 and earned third team All-ECAC Hockey recognition while also serving as the team captain. She finished with six goals and 17 assists for 23 points. This past season, she again served as team captain. She was named second team All-ECAC Hockey, finishing with 29 points (10-19-29).
Chris Ardito • Goalie Coach
Chris has been coaching goalies for 14 years. He has acted as an evaluator for USA Hockey at the state level, and is the head goalie coach for the Northern Lights program. Chris is a co-owner and head instructor at Connecticut Crease, a private goalie training company that was established in 2002 and currently has over 300 students.
From 2008 – 2012 Chris served as assistant and goalie coach for Southern Connecticut State University. Helping lead them to 2 regional appearances and 1 national appearance, including a single season record of 25-1 in 2011 – 2012. Chris resigned from SCSU to take a position as goalie coach for the Yale University Women’s Ice Hockey Team in September 2012 and is currently in his fourth year. In 2015 Chris spent a short time as the first General Manager of the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL.
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