Date Posted:08/28/2003,  11:00AM

McGonagle Named Interim Head Coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College Director of Athletics Jeff Ward announced today that Kevin McGonagle has been named the interim head coach for the women's ice hockey team. Head coach Michele Amidon has received a one-year leave of absence for personal reasons. In addition, men's ice hockey coach Terry Meagher has been named the Director of Hockey and squash coach Tomas Fortson has been named head men's and women's golf coach.

McGonagle brings a wealth of experience to a very successful women's ice hockey program. The Polar Bears have reached the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in each of the past two seasons, including a third-place finish in 2002-03.

McGonagle is a native of Charlestown, Massachusetts and a graduate of Wesleyan in 1992. After a stint as an assistant at Boston Latin, McGonagle was the assistant to Bowdoin men's hockey coach Terry Meagher for three seasons. During that time, the Polar Bears went 53-20-5, including a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96.

"We were very lucky to be able to bring Kevin back to Bowdoin," says Ward. "His understanding of Bowdoin and NESCAC, combined with his extensive head coaching experience is what our Women's Ice Hockey team deserves. We're very proud of the team. They've been knocking on the door of a national championship. This helps ensure that this quest will continue."

McGonagle was most recently the head men's coach at Massachusetts College, prior to the school dropping the program after the 2002-03 season. As head coach for UMass-Boston from 1996-2000 he helped the team produce two consecutive winning seasons for the first time in ten years, while also bringing them to the ECAC East Semifinals for the first time in school history. In 1999 he was named UMass-Boston Coach-of-the-Year and was also named head coach of the 1999 East-West All-Star game in Plattsburgh.