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Women's Hockey Meets It's Maker

Congratulations to Paul Flanagan, our 3rd, 2nd, 1st choice for head coach of the brand new Syracuse Women's Hockey Program. Flanagan comes to us from St. Lawrence where he boasts quite an impressive resume:
[Flanagan] guided St. Lawrence University to five NCAA Frozen Four appearances in the last eight years...Flanagan ranked third nationally among active Division I coaches in winning percentage and sixth in career victories entering the 2007-08 season, and his five NCAA Frozen Four appearances are tied for first in the nation. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Flanagan is currently serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. women’s national team which is competing at the World Championship in Harbin, China.
Flanagan has led St. Lawrence for the past nine seasons and compiled a record of 230-83-24 (.718). In 2008, the Saints played in their fifth straight NCAA Tournament.

It had to have been seen as a helluva offer considering Flanagan is also an alumni of St. Lawrence where he played hockey himself. One only has to take a look at this recent article about Flanagan though to see why he might have been ready to move on:
"Recruiting has become tougher and coaching staffs have become more knowledgeable. To duplicate what we did in our second year (St. Lawrence played in the first-ever NCAA Tournament championship game) would be extremely difficult to do now."
And so, Women's Hockey takes another step forward at Syracuse. Now if only they had a place to actually play...