U-M Dearborn's Women's team to begin playing in 2018-19
The University of Michigan-Dearborn will add a Women’s hockey team next season.
The team will join the UM-Dearborn Men’s team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Coaching the women will be Tim Ames, who has been coaching in the metro Detroit area for more than 30 years at the Youth, Travel, Girls, AAA and High School levels.
Currently he’s the head coach for the Wyandotte Youth U12 team and an assistant coach at Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic High School. He has been a High School assistant coach for 13 years.
“I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that come with building the new Women’s ice hockey program at UM-Dearborn,” Ames said in a statement. “I have the opportunity to hit the ground running to find student-athletes that want to compete and study at this great university. We will have an opportunity to be part of building a new program from the ground up.”
Ames is also a former Woodhaven Police lieutenant who retired after a 30-year career.
“We are excited to welcome Tim Ames to UM-Dearborn,” said Matt Beaudry, UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics and Recreation. “Tim’s experience along with his passion for the sport and commitment to being an educator through his coaching position make us very excited about the inaugural season and future of our program under his leadership. We look forward to his efforts and vision to help student-athletes develop and succeed through their educational experience, while building our program through academic excellence, community service and success in competition.”
The Women’s team will play at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena and will be the seventh Women’s ACHA Division I program in Michigan, along with Adrian, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Grand Valley State, University of Michigan and Michigan State.
The UM-Dearborn Men’s team skates in ACHA Division I and is a member of the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League. The squad has won the last two GLCHL tournament championships, has a total of seven conference titles and has been national runners-up four times.