OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State Athletic Department is pleased to announced that Chelsea Walkland has been named as the women’s ice hockey program’s first full-time assistant coach.
Walkland joins the Laker staff after being part of the staff that saw RIT win its first NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship in 2012 and set a NCAA D-III single-season record with a 28 victories.
While at RIT, the Henrietta, N.Y. native assisted all aspects of the program, including recruiting, analysis of game video footage, game-day and practice preparation, along with mentoring RIT’s student-athletes. In addition, she worked in the RIT student-athlete compliance office, monitored student-athlete academic progress throughout the entire department.
This past summer Walkland served as a USA Hockey Under-17 Player Development Camp Intern Coach in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Prior to that, she has served as a USA Hockey New York State District Evaluator and as an ice hockey development coach throughout Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New York.
During the 2010-11 season, Walkland served as the Hockey Operations Manager and an intern in the Office of Athletics Student Services and Athletics Marketing at Robert Morris in 2009-10.
Walkland played four seasons from 2006-10 at Division I Robert Morris University, appearing in a program-record 139 career games, recording 41 career points (14-27-41), while serving as an assistant captain during her junior and senior seasons. In 2008-09, Walkland recorded a career-high 19 points on five goals and 14 assists. She was also a four-time College Hockey America All-Academic honoree and the Robert Morris Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2010.
Before playing at Robert Morris, Walkland played for the Rochester Edge, serving as an assistant captain from 2004-06. She also played two seasons on the boy’s varsity squad at Rush-Henrietta High School, winning the Coaches Award in 2005. She also won a gold medal with the Western Region at the 2005 Empire State games.
Walkland received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in sports management in May 2010 and earned her Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership and Education in July 2011 from Robert Morris University.