POTSDAM Shannon Desrosiers has stepped down as co-head coach one month after helping lead Clarkson Universitys womens hockey team to the schools first national championship.
Desrosiers, who shared the head job with her husband Matt, decided to resign Wednesday because she will be giving birth to the couples second child in June and she wants to spend more time with her children. Matt will remain as head coach and assistant Matt Kelly will be the top assistant. The school will conduct a national search for another assistant.
Im excited, Shannon Desrosiers said. Ill actually be able to go trick-or-treating one year instead of having practice. I love the job and I love our team and I love our players.
The couple served as co-coaches for the last six years, leading Clarkson to a 134-68-27 overall record. The Golden Knights won the schools first national title in March, defeating two-time defending champion Minnesota 5-4 in the title game.
Shannon Desrosiers was also the only person to be part of Clarksons program from the beginning. She ended her playing career at St. Lawrence University in the 2002-03 season and worked as an assistant coach at Clarkson for Rick Seeley from 2003-08.
Matt Desrosiers, who also played at SLU, was still playing professional hockey when Shannon started her career and he joined the Clarkson staff as an assistant with her two years before the couple became co-coaches. The two became the first to coach a Division I womens hockey program as husband and wife.
I think I knew I wanted to stay in hockey and it was one of those things where it felt like my (pro) career was winding down and the opportunity presented itself here at Clarkson, Matt Desrosiers said. Rick (Seeley) and (athletic director Steve Yianoukos) took a chance. Its going to be a lot different. I havent coached with anyone else but Shannon.
Shannon Desrosiers handled a lot of Clarksons administrative duties, including arranging the nonconference schedule. She worked on practice plans with Matt and the pair recruited together. She also led Clarksons forwards in practices and games.
The couples daughter, Brynlee, was born two years ago and they have had to come up with creative ways to make sure their daughter is cared for during road trips. Matt Desrosiers said their mothers have alternated watching Brynlee on road weekends.
It was definitely tough, Shannon Desrosiers said. Wed leave early Thursday and get back on Sunday mornings. Even just doing video work at home at night, and all the stuff, was a challenge. It was so worth it and Im ready for a new chapter. We were able to do it because we had so many support networks.
Shannon Desrosiers has already thought about how shell feel now that shes no longer part of the coaching staff.
The first practice when Matt says, Im off to practice, Desrosiers said. Ill become a super fan.