Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Ashley Salerno as an assistant women's hockey coach. Salerno returns to the Panther staff after serving as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
"We are very excited to welcome Ashley back to the program," said head coach Bill Mandigo. "She is very familiar with the school, our systems and our players and it will be a smooth transition. During her time away from Middlebury, Ashley gained valuable experience, she is an excellent recruiter and a great communicator," added Mandigo.
Salerno spent last season as the head coach at Castleton, previously spending a year at the University of Vermont as an assistant coach.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to come back and coach at Middlebury," said Salerno. "Being able to work alongside and learn from Coach Mandigo again is a large part of my decision to return, but I am just as eager to rejoin the Middlebury hockey community."
In 2017-18, she pioneered Castleton to 13 wins and a NEHC semifinal appearance, earning Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors. The previous season, Salerno was an assistant coach under Jim Plumer at the University of Vermont during the 2016-17 season, helping the Catamounts to a winning record and a berth in the Hockey East semifinals for just the second time in program history.
During her two seasons at Middlebury, she was the point person in the recruiting process, reviewed and prepared game film, developed the year-round strength and conditioning program and was responsible for coaching the penalty-kill unit. The Panthers posted a 41-11-6 record (.759) during her two years on the staff, winning the NESCAC title and advancing to the final four in 2016.
After playing at Amherst for three years, Salerno transferred to the University of Vermont for the 2013-14 season, helping the Catamounts set a program record for single-season wins with 18 and advance to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament for the first time in program history. A defender on the squad, she was selected to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Salerno was an intern coach at the USA Hockey National Developmental Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in July 2014. In addition, she has been a coach at various hockey summer camps throughout New England as well as at the Rush Hockey Showcase in Toronto in 2016 and the College Hockey Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2015.
Salerno graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
"I have grown a lot over the past two seasons at Vermont and Castleton and am thankful for those experiences," added Salerno. "I really enjoyed my previous time at Middlebury and am excited about the opportunity to coach there once again."