William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward recently announced that Jaime Totten will be the first head coach of the Heron ice hockey program when its takes to the ice in 2014-15. A former All-American at Northeastern University, Totten spent the past 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.
“I’m thrilled to have Jaime lead our Heron ice hockey team and build the foundation of our program,” says Steward. “Jaime is an extraordinary recruiter, well-respected with student-athletes and colleagues, and an outstanding teacher of the game. Her active involvement with transitioning the UConn club ice hockey program into a nationally ranked Division I program will be a great asset in our program’s growth. She’s committed to success in the classroom and will create a culture of giving back to the Geneva community.”
Totten joined the UConn coaching staff in 2000, helping the Huskies transition from a club team to full varsity status. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and defense and special teams coach. The Huskies’ coaching staff needed just five seasons to put together the program’s first winning season, a 16-12-8 campaign that saw UConn climb as high as No. 8 in the national poll and finish third in the Hockey East conference. In 2006-07, Connecticut began a string of four consecutive winning seasons, including a 22-8-5 season in 2007-08. The Huskies finished second in the Hockey East that year. The 2009-10 team went 21-9-7 and climb all the way to No. 7 in the national rankings.
“Jaime has an impressive list of accomplishments on the ice as a player and a coach which will no doubt benefit our student-athletes,” says Vice President of Student Affairs Robb Flowers. “But what impressed me most was her dedication to fostering an environment that develops the complete student-athlete as evidenced by UConn’s 98 percent graduation rate.”
Off the ice, Totten helped mentor a team that was active in the Storrs community, participating in community service events like Flashlight Reading Night for local elementary school children, Skate with the Huskies, and fundraising events for the fight against breast cancer.
In addition to her work at UConn, Totten served as an assistant coach with the Hockey East All-Star Team that played Team USA prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2008, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Under-22 team for a three-game series against Canada. A year earlier, Totten worked with the USA Hockey U14 Select Camp in Rochester, N.Y. She coached the Select 16s and 17s in 2007 at the Junior National Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Totten also has worked numerous USA Hockey camps over the past decade.
“I’m honored and excited to be the first head ice hockey coach at William Smith College,” Totten said. “The friendly and supportive campus community, both within academics and the athletic department, made me feel right at home. I’m confident that we can attract quality student-athletes to HWS due to the outstanding liberal arts education, the beautiful campus setting and the commitment to athletics. I look forward to building the William Smith ice hockey program into one that competes at the conference and national levels.”
A 2000 graduate of Northeastern, Totten earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in cardiopulmonary science with a concentration in exercise physiology. On the ice, Totten played in a Huskies’ record 141 games during her career, helping her team win three Beanpot titles and the 1996-97 ECAC Championship. As a sophomore, Totten earned all-conference honors, helping Northeastern to a then school record 27 wins. She served as a team captain as a junior and a senior, garnering All-America honors each year in addition to the 1998-99 ECAC Sarah Devens Award for leadership and commitment on and off the ice. Totten is currently 19th on Northeastern’s career assists list.
Ice hockey will be William Smith’s 12th varsity sport when it begins play in 2014-15. The Herons will compete in the ECAC West against Chatham, Elmira, Neumann, Buffalo State, Cortland, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, and Utica. William Smith will play its home games at the Geneva Recreation Complex, also known as The Cooler.