Emily West

Emily West - Women's Ice Hockey - Ohio State Buckeyes

position Assistant Coach

Email Coach West – west.1075@osu.edu

Emily West joined the Ohio State women’s hockey staff as an assistant coach for 2019-20 season and recently completed her second season on head coach Nadine Muzerall’s staff. West previously was the American Development Model manager for USA Hockey where she served since 2017. In that role, she worked with local hockey associations and programs nationwide to support age-appropriate training, competition and long-term athlete development.

“Emily has a very impressive and respected background in the game of hockey,” said Muzerall at the time of West’s hiring in 2019. “She is an NCAA champion a two-time team captain and a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award. Prior to her hire at OSU, she was the manager of the ADM program for USA Hockey. Because of this, she will bring a wealth of experience in skill development and will have hands-on knowledge of the elite players throughout the country. She is hard-working, smart, loyal and truly cares about coaching the person and not just the athlete. I am so pleased to have her on my team once again.”

In her two seasons on the Ohio State staff, the Buckeyes have a record of 37-15-6 with a WCHA Final Faceoff title and an appearance in the 2021 NCAA Frozen Four on its resume. During the 2020-21 season, the Buckeyes were ranked in the top-five nationally every week of the season, rising as high as No. 2 in February following a weekend sweep of Minnesota.

Prior to joining the USA Hockey staff, West worked at a multi-sport training facility and also coached hockey at various levels from youth and girls through high school. In 2017, she completed hockey director training at the North American Rink Conference and Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

West’s extensive hockey-playing background includes participation in multiple USA Hockey National Player Development Camps before enrolling at the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, West helped the Gophers win two conference titles and an NCAA Division I National Championship in 2012, finishing her playing career with 158 points. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, society and environment, while also helping coach high school hockey.

In West’s first season behind the bench with the Buckeyes, Ohio State won its first ever WCHA Championship and earned its second NCAA Tournament berth. The Buckeyes finished with a record of 24-8-6 which ties a program win record and is the best win percentage in Buckeye history (.710). West was a vital addition to the Scarlet and Gray and helped coach the team’s offense to produce 329 points in the 2019-20 season and finish sixth nationally in power play percentage at .200 (20-for-100). Ohio State’s 121 season goals ranked seventh nationally for the year while the Buckeyes averaged 3.2 goals per game.