Kirsti Hussey joined the NMH coaching staff in 2020 as the head coach of girls’ varsity ice hockey.
Hussey most recently served as an assistant coach of the Brown University women’s ice hockey team, from 2015-2018. Responsible for practice planning and implementation, NCAA compliance, and managing the program’s recruiting, Hussey helped guide the program to its most successful stretch in five years, among other achievements.
Prior to her time at Brown University, Hussey served for three seasons as the head coach of the girls’ ice hockey team for St. Mark’s School. She also served as an Assistant Athletic Director. As the head coach, Hussey was responsible for player instruction and development, creating and running the strength and conditioning program, developing and implementing the overall recruiting strategy and handling administrative responsibilities associated with the program operations, including team travel and equipment ordering. Hussey inherited a team that was struggling to compete, and in a very short period of time, led the program to its best finish in NEPSAC Division 1 in over fifteen years. She has a reputation as a strong recruiter and a dynamic coach who cares deeply about her players and pushes them to achieve at their maximum potential. She prioritizes character development, hard work, and guiding her players to be classy, team-first young women.
Before arriving at St. Mark’s, Hussey held previous assistant coaching positions at the University of Connecticut and Hamilton College.
In addition to her eight years of college coaching experience, Hussey worked USA Hockey Girls’ Player Development Camps from 2009-2019. Her various roles at the camps have included head coach, assistant on-ice director, and on-ice skills coach and evaluator.
As a collegiate player, Hussey began her career at Bowdoin College (2001-03) where she guided the Polar Bears to two NCAA Frozen Fours while earning First Team All-American, NESCAC First Team and Rookie of the Year honors. She was also tied for first in Division III for defenseman scoring. Hussey finished up her collegiate career at Dartmouth College (2003-05) where she again led her team to back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances as well as an Ivy League Championship in 2004.
Hussey has participated in the USA 18's and 19's Junior National Camp and was twice a part of the USA Women's National Team Festival in 2002-03. She was invited to the 2003 USA Women's National Team Tryouts as well.
Before moving on to coaching, Hussey played for the Oakville Ice and the Ottawa Raiders of the National Women’s Hockey League in Canada from 2005-07.
Hussey graduated from Dartmouth in 2005 with a degree in Biological Sciences. She lives in Belchertown, Mass. with her husband Seth and their daughter, Addy.
Education: B.S., Psychology, St. Lawrence University; M.S., Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College
Roles at NMH: Varsity field hockey head coach, girls' varsity lacrosse assistant coach, dorm faculty