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College hockey: Desrosiers steps away as coach, leaves husband in charge


Shannon Desrosiers, one half of the husband-and-wife coaching tandem that guided the Clarkson University women’s hockey team to the NCAA Division I championship last month, is stepping down to devote more time to her family.

Matt and Shannon Desrosiers, who have a two-year-old daughter, are expecting their second child this summer.

“It is with both sadness and excitement that I step down from my duties coaching the women’s hockey team at Clarkson,” Shannon Desrosiers said in a release by Clarkson. “It has been an amazing 11 years with the program and I could not be more proud of how far the team has come in my time here.”

Matt Desrosiers will assume all head coaching duties for the Golden Knights. Matt Kelly was promoted to first assistant coach, and Clarkson has started a search for another assistant coach.

Shannon Desrosiers, a standout player for St. Lawrence University from 1999-2003, was hired by Clarkson as an assistant coach in 2003 and then joined with her husband in 2008 to be the first married couple to lead a Division I women’s hockey program.

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