MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Kerstin Matthews and the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey program announced the addition of former Plattsburgh State standout Kayla Meneghin as an assistant coach on Friday afternoon.
Meneghin graduated from Plattsburgh State in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and put together one of the most prolific careers in the history of Division III women's ice hockey. She finished her career fourth in Division III history with 188 points, scoring 86 goals and recording 102 assists in 117 games as a Cardinal. Her 102 assists put Meneghin second in program history at Plattsburgh State and fifth all-time in Division III.
"I am very excited for a decorated former student-athlete like Kayla to join our staff," Matthews said. "Kayla had a tremendous career at Plattsburgh but, more importantly, has spent the last four years working different opportunities to help her become a better coach. Kayla is a student of the game and will be great for helping our student-athletes develop."
At Plattsburgh State, Meneghin was a three-time CCM/AHCA All-America selection, including first team nods in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and helped lead the Cardinals to three national championships, three ECAC Women's West titles and one NEWHL championship. Over her four seasons, the Cardinals went 107-8-5 overall. Meneghin also collected numerous individual honors, including being named the 2016 ECAC Women's West Player of the Year and the 2017-18 NEWHL Tournament MVP, and was a four-time all-conference performer after tallying at least 40 points in each of her four seasons.
"I have endless respect for Coach Matthews," said Meneghin. "I cannot wait to work with her and learn from someone who knows the game as well as she does. I am excited to continue my career with hockey behind the bench and share my passion with the team while teaching them as much as I can."
The Wanaque, N.J., product has coaching experience in a variety of roles, serving as an ice hockey instructor at Floyd Hall Arena since January, 2010. Meneghin also worked as a camp counselor at a pair of USA Hockey District Camps and for the New York State Amateur Hockey Association, assisting with on and off-ice coaching and evaluating youth hockey players at district tryouts. Additionally, Meneghin was involved with the program's hockey camp as a camp instructor at Plattsburgh State and has worked as an ice hockey instructor at Floyd Hall Arena since 2010.