KUA Hires Olympian

Meriden — The Kimball Union Academy girls ice hockey program is getting a lift of Olympic proportions with the hiring of former United States women’s hockey defenseman Molly Engstrom to the role of head coach.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Engstrom owns a silver medal from the Americans’ runner-up finish in Vancouver in 2010 along with a bronze from the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. The two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association defensive player of the year suited up 112 times for her country, including in six trips to the IIHF Women’s World Championships, four of which culminated in golf medals, before ending her playing career by retiring last year.

Engstrom is expected to join the KUA staff next month after returning from Russia, where she is completing her masters degree.

“I am ecstatic about joining the KUA community,” Engstrom said in a news release. “I have had wonderful conversations with the faculty at KUA about the school and its mission, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students, helping them grow as people and develop as athletes.”

Prior to enrolling at Wisconsin, Engstrom attended Culver Girls Academy in Indiana. In addition to scoring 31 points in 35 games as a senior, she competed on Culver’s track and field team and played in the Indiana state golf tournament.

Engstrom takes over for Cail MacLean, a former minor league player who guided the Wildcats’ program for one season.