Sept. 12, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— After being announced as Ohio State’s head coach over the weekend, Nadine Muzerall has wasted no time in adding to her staff.
Jess Koizumi has been named associate head coach of the Buckeyes’ women’s ice hockey program. She comes to Columbus after spending time as an assistant coach at Yale.
“We’re very excited to have her on staff, she’s exactly what we need here,” said Muzerall. “She has an immense amount of experience as a player and coach, and I couldn’t be happier to bring her to Ohio State. She is the complete package and she wants to help build this program.”
An All-WCHA performer at Minnesota Duluth, Koizumi brings a wealth of knowledge thanks to an impressive hockey career. She served as a captain of the UMD Bulldogs for two seasons and won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 IIHF Women’s World Championships. From 2009 through 2015 she spent time in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with the Montreal Stars and Boston Blades, captaining the Blades for a season and helping them to Clarkson Cup wins in 2013 and 2015.
Most recently, Koizumi was a member of the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League, which was founded in March 2015. During her only season with the Whale she served as team captain and also scored the first goal in the history of the NWHL.
“It has been a whirlwind of a week,” Koizumi said. “Those that know me personally truly understand this was the hardest career decision I have had to make to retire playing professionally in the NWHL before what I planned would be my last season. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason and this incredible coaching opportunity at The Ohio State University just felt right, that my time had come to hang up my skates and wear my permanent coaching hat.”
Koizumi spent most of her time as a coach with Yale University as an assistant. Under her tutelage, several players received individual recognitions for excellence on and off the ice. During her time on the bench she was responsible for managing the penalty kill and 6v5 unit, and she has experience managing both forwards and defensemen in addition to being the recruiting coordinator.
“Jess is very well-respected in the hockey community and among recruits; her ability to relate well to our current and prospective student-athletes will be an important asset for us.”
Prior to her time at Yale, Koizumi served as a coach with the North American Hockey Academy, Totino Grace High School, and Minnesota Duluth where she was a graduate assistant.
“Coach Muzerall comes from a wealth of success and I look forward to helping her build a championship culture in Columbus,” Koizumi said of the opportunity to coach the Buckeyes. “I want to thank Diana Sabau and Coach Muzerall for welcoming me to the Buckeye family. I am extremely anxious to get on campus and start coaching our team.”
“Jess has the personality, character, and values that make a great coach,” continued Muzerall on her new associate head coach. “She will help make this program all it can possibly be. I know we have the right resources to be a special team, we just needed the right people on this coaching staff; we have that now with Jess.”