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Aug. 31, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jackie Barto, Ohio State women’s ice hockey head coach, announced the hiring of Katie Lachapelle as an assistant coach Tuesday. Lachapelle spent the last three seasons on the staff at Niagara.

“We are excited to have Katie join our staff,” Barto said. “She brings a lot of wonderful experiences to our program. She has coached at the collegiate level for five years and has been involved in all facets of the game. She also had a successful career as a student-athlete.”

Lachapelle’s responsibilities at Ohio State will include recruiting and evaluating prospective student-athletes, monitoring academics, coordinating team travel and meals, breaking down video and assisting with daily practices and games.

“It is an unbelievable opportunity to be able to work at an institution as great as Ohio State with an outstanding athletics program,” Lachapelle said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the team and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Lachapelle comes to OSU from Niagara where she served as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach. The Purple Eagles recorded a 49-49-8 record during her three-year stint and made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four. She was involved in all facets of the Niagara program including recruiting, coordinating team travel, monitoring academics and coaching the forwards.

Prior to Niagara, Lachapelle was an assistant coach at Union College for two years, where she planned and conducted practices, assisted with recruiting and coached the defense.

Lachapelle was a four-year letterwinner at Providence from 1995-99, competing under Barto for more than three seasons. During her stint at Providence, Lachapelle was a team captain, All-ECAC honorable mention and named to the 1997 ECAC All-Star team.

A native of Lewiston, Maine, Lachapelle graduated from Providence in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in social science.

Lachapelle replaced former assistant coach Sue Kempf, who left Ohio State to pursue other career opportunities.