Saint Michael's alumna Meghan Sweezey '10 heads into her fifth season as a Saint Michael's women's ice hockey assistant coach in 2017-18, and her fourth as the squad's top assistant. Sweezey, who is also the assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations at the College, served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2013-14 season.
Saint Michael's put together a 3-1 run toward the end of January that included scoring the final five goals in a 5-2 win over Castleton University and breaking out for a six-goal third period during an 8-2 victory against Nichols College. Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, the Purple Knights went 4-5 while averaging 3.1 goals, with two losses coming by 3-2 margins. In all, 10 setbacks during the season were by two goals or fewer.
A 3-2-1 stretch toward the end of the 2015-16 season began with the Purple Knights' school-record-tying third shutout of the year and concluded with the fifth-seeded Purple and Gold's 5-2 upset victory over No. 4 Sacred Heart University in the first round of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open Tournament. That triumph was the first win-and-advance postseason victory in program annals. Saint Michael's recorded its highest goal (45), assist (62) and point (107) totals in five years, and its best win figure in eight winters.
The Purple Knights counted among their highlights in 2014-15 a 1-1 tie with Division I College of the Holy Cross and a 3-2 victory over eventual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East Tournament runner-up Castleton. The squad set a school record for goals-against average (2.95), matched the second-lowest save percentage in program annals, and recorded their highest win, goal, assist and point totals since 2010-11. The Purple Knights matched their best ECAC East win total since 2007-08. Nine of their setbacks came by two goals or fewer.
During the winter of 2013-14, Saint Michael's yielded two goals or fewer on 10 occasions, while 11 losses came by two goals or less. During the campaign, the Purple and Gold picked up its first win ever over New England College en route to its best ECAC East finish in three years. The season ended with the Purple Knights tying Sacred Heart during the ECAC Open Tournament third-place game.
In 2012-13, Saint Michael's turned in one of its best defensive seasons, yielding three goals or fewer 15 times en route to posting a school record for save percentage (.917) and a then-school-record 3.41 GAA. Capping the success was a momentous 2-1 victory on Feb. 16 over Manhattanville College, which was receiving national votes and had defeated national power Norwich University the night before.
Sweezey previously coached girls at the high school level in her native Massachusetts. Sweezey was the junior varsity head coach at Reading Memorial High School in 2011-12, which was also her second year as a varsity assistant at the school. In 2010, she was the volunteer head coach of Reading Youth Hockey's U-19 junior varsity squad. During three summers between 2008 and 2010, Sweezey supervised and coached girls ages 14 to 17 at the USA Hockey New England District Development Camp.
In 2012, Sweezey established, operated and coached at a skills clinic in Reading, Mass., for girls between the ages of 5 and 14, and continues to run the Girls 4 Hockey clinic in the Burlington area in an effort to help grow the game for girls and women. In addition to developing practice plans and procuring the all-female coaching staff, Sweezey also performed marketing and advertising for the clinic while managing its finances. Between 2002 and 2012, Sweezey was the assistant manager at Reading's Burbank Ice Arena.
A senior captain for Saint Michael's in 2009-10 after twice serving as an assistant captain, Sweezey graduated tied for first in program history in career games (103), power-play goals (12) and short-handed goals (3). She was also third in points (71), tied for third in assists (39) and fourth in goals (32). Sweezey landed on the ECAC East All-Academic team each of her final two seasons. After earning bachelor's degrees in psychology and English from the College, Sweezey completed a master's degree in school counseling at Suffolk University in 2012.