Dave Flint, head coach for the North­eastern women’s ice hockey team, has been named an assis­tant coach for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, USA Hockey announced today.

I am very grateful to USA Hockey for pro­viding me with such a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity, and to North­eastern Uni­ver­sity for being so sup­portive,” Flint says. “I look for­ward to working with a great coaching staff as well as the best female hockey players in the world.”

North­eastern ath­letics director Peter Roby lauds Flint’s per­for­mance as a coach and pre­dicts his appoint­ment will ben­efit North­eastern ath­letics and the uni­ver­sity as a whole.

The appoint­ment is a tes­ta­ment to the quality of coach he is,” Roby says, “and the expe­ri­ence and expo­sure that he will get as a result will be great assets both to the women’s hockey pro­gram and to Northeastern.”

In Feb­ruary, Flint was named one of two assis­tant coaches for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which com­peted at the 2009 Inter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion World Women’s Cham­pi­onship. Prior to the world cham­pi­onships, Flint served as an assis­tant coach for the U.S. Women’s Select Team, which won a gold medal at the 2008 Four Nations Cup.

After the 2008–2009 season—his first at Northeastern—Flint was a runner-​​up for Hockey East Coach of the Year. He had led the Huskies to a 12–20-3 record and to their first Hockey East playoff appear­ance since 2003–2004.

Prior to joining North­eastern, Flint served as head coach for five years at St. Anselm Col­lege, where he was named Eastern Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (ECAC) East Coach of the Year three times and was a three-​​time finalist for National Coach of the Year. During the 2007–2008 season, the Hawks amassed a 23–2-1 record and won the ECAC Open Cham­pi­onship. That year’s squad led the nation in defense, allowing just 0.92 goals per game.

USA Hockey also announced Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity women’s ice hockey coach Jodi McKenna will serve as an assis­tant coach for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.

The 23-​​person U.S. Women’s National Team for 2009–2010 will be selected in late August. It will travel to Van­couver for the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, a warm-​​up for the Olympic Games, then par­tic­i­pate in the Qwest Tour, which fea­tures 10 games in nine cities over a four-​​month period. The squad will also play three games in Canada against the Cana­dian National Team and com­pete in the 2009 Four Nations Cup in Fin­land in November.