Joakim Flygh
Joakim Flygh
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 203-432-4785
College: New England College (B.A. '00, M.A. '02)
Years at Yale: 4th Year at Yale

Joakim Flygh, who went to the NCAA Tournament five times as an assistant coach at Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth, was named Yale’s head women’s ice hockey coach on July 28, 2010. Flygh’s nine-year career as an assistant coach was marked by consistent success; teams he coached for had a combined winning percentage of .701 (176-69-21) and he was a part of six seasons of 20 or more wins.

Flygh (whose name is pronounced YOU-a-keem FLEEG) is the 10th coach in Yale women’s ice hockey history. During his first three years at Yale, the team has been recognized in multiple ways both on and off the ice. Goaltender Jaimie Leonoff was a second team All-Ivy League selection in 2012-13, and earned a spot at Hockey Canada's National Women's Program goaltending camp in June of 2013. Goaltender Jackee Snikeris '11 was a first team All-ECAC Hockey honoree and ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year in 2010-11, and was selected to USA Hockey's annual Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp for the fourth straight time in 2011.

Yale has also had a Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist in each of Flygh's first three seasons, and Aleca Hughes '12 won the award in 2012. Additionally, the team has had three different players win the Sarah Devens Award, a joint award for leadership that includes both ECAC Hockey and Hockey East: Snikeris in 2011, Hughes in 2012 and Alyssa Zupon '13 in 2013.

As a team, Yale was named the Dave Solomon Memorial Sports Persons of the Year by the New Haven Register for 2011. The award honored the Bulldogs for their community service efforts, including the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale (held in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer) and "Yale Bulldog PAWS (Pediatric Alliance With Student-athletes)", a program started by Zupon that pairs Yale athletic teams with pediatric patients from Yale-New Haven Hospital to serve as a support group.

The team has also maintained a standard of academic excellence during Flygh's tenure. In his first two seasons the team had 35 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selections, leading the league in 2010-11 and tying for the league lead in 2011-12. The team has also had two Academic All-Ivy League selections in his first three years: Snikeris in 2010-11 and Zupon in 2012-13.

Flygh came to Yale after three seasons as an assistant at Harvard. There, he helped the Crimson to a 71-20-8 overall record, two NCAA tournament appearances, two ECAC Hockey regular season championships, two Beanpot tournament championships and one ECAC Hockey tournament championship. He was a part of Harvard’s perfect 22-0-0 ECAC Hockey regular season in 2007-08, the same year the Crimson advanced to the NCAA’s Frozen Four.

Flygh had a pair of stints leading Harvard while head coach Katey Stone was away coaching for USA Hockey. The Crimson went 4-0-1 in those games. His primary coaching responsibilities included working with the defense and the penalty-killing unit. Harvard was ranked in the top four in the country in scoring defense each year that Flygh was there, and led the nation in that category in 2007-08 (1.00 goals per game). Harvard was also ranked in the top six in penalty killing each year that Flygh was there.

Flygh’s off-ice responsibilities with the Crimson included coordinating recruiting, monitoring the squad’s academic progress and acting as a liaison between the team and the school’s admissions office.

At his two recent assistant coaching stops, Flygh has worked with two of the top three active coaches in career victories in the NCAA in Stone and UMD's Shannon Miller. He helped coach seven All-Americans and a Patty Kazmaier Award winner.

Flygh served as an assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth for three seasons, working with the defense and penalty killing unit. The Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament every year that he was there. They advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game in 2007 and posted an overall record of 72-26-9. Among his proteges at UMD was current Yale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi.

Over Flygh’s tenure, UMD ranked fourth nationally in goals allowed per game and third in penalty killing. During his first season in 2004-05, the UMD penalty kill unit allowed just 16 goals in 206 power plays, leading the country with a 92.2-percent efficiency.

Flygh began his coaching career at his alma mater, New England College, as a graduate assistant with the men’s ice hockey team in 2001-02. He helped the Pilgrims to a 53-23-4 record and three second-place finishes in three seasons before moving on to Minnesota-Duluth. One of his players at New England was current Yale assistant coach Eddie Ardito.

As a player for New England, Flygh was the Pilgrims’ defensive player of the year. He went on to play professional hockey in Sweden for the Lysekil Vikings.

Flygh has been active in international hockey, coaching at the IIHF Women's World Championship for Sweden in 2012 and 2013. He was also on Sweden's staff for the 4 Nations Tournament in December of 2012.

A native of Tyringe, Sweden, Flygh graduated from New England College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management from New England in 2002. He is married to Angela Francisco Flygh, a 2001 Harvard graduate and former Crimson women’s ice hockey captain. They have two children.

Year School Overall League NCAA Conference Other
2001-02 New England College (Men) 14-11-2 9-8-2, 2nd   ECAC East Tournament Semifinalists NEC Holiday Classic Champions, Radisson Inn Classic Runners-up
2002-03 New England College (Men) 20-6-0 15-4-0, 2nd   ECAC East Tournament Runners-up PAL Cup Champions, Cardinal Classic Third Place Team
2003-04 New England College (Men) 19-6-2 12-4-2, 2nd   ECAC East Tournament Semifinalists  
2004-05 Minnesota-Duluth 26-6-2 22-4-2, 2nd NCAA Quarterfinalists WCHA Tournament Third Place Team  
2005-06 Minnesota-Duluth 22-9-3 18-7-3, t-2nd NCAA Quarterfinalists WCHA Tournament Semifinalists  
2006-07 Minnesota-Duluth 24-11-4 19-6-3, 2nd NCAA Runners-up WCHA Tournament Semifinalists  
2007-08 Harvard 32-2-0 22-0-0, 1st NCAA Semifinalists ECAC Hockey Tournament Champions Beanpot Champions
2008-09 Harvard 19-10-3 16-4-2, 1st   ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinalists  
2009-10 Harvard 20-8-5 13-6-3, t-3rd NCAA Quarterfinalists ECAC Hockey Tournament Semifinalists Beanpot Champions
  Nine Seasons 176-69-21 136-43-17 (.737) 5 NCAA Appearances    


 Joakim's Primary Assistant Coaching Responsibilities:

Year School Scoring Defense Rank Penalty Kill Rank
2004-05 Minnesota-Duluth 4th (1.59 goals per game) 1st (92.2 percent)
2005-06 Minnesota-Duluth 5th (1.59 goals per game) 5th (89.7 percent)
2006-07 Minnesota-Duluth 6th (1.74 goals per game) 10th (87.3 percent)
2007-08 Harvard 1st (1.00 goals per game) 3rd (91.8 percent)
2008-09 Harvard 3rd (1.69 goals per game) 5th (89.6 percent)
2009-10 Harvard 4th (1.64 goals per game) 6th (89.4 percent)


updated Aug. 8, 2013

Eddie Ardito
Eddie Ardito
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 203-376-8717
High School: Branford
College: New England College '06
Years at Yale: 4th Year at Yale

Eddie Ardito, who served as volunteer assistant in 2010-11, was promoted to assistant coach for the Yale women’s ice hockey team in June of 2011. He played for Yale’s head coach, Joakim Flygh, at New England College. Flygh, a 2000 graduate of New England College, was an assistant coach when Ardito played there.

A native of Branford, Conn., Ardito was a three-time all-state and All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection for Branford High’s ice hockey team. He was also a three-time MVP and two-time captain, and was a two-time All-SCC selection for the football team as well.

Ardito received a B.A. in sport & recreation management: athletic administration with a minor in coaching from New England College in 2006. He started his career as a forward for the Pilgrims and later served as student assistant coach.

After graduating, Ardito spent a season as the interim head coach of New England College’s women’s ice hockey team, leading the team to a 12-6-1 conference record and the semifinals of the ECAC East Tournament. He simultaneously served as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for the men’s team, which went 13-5-1 in the conference and advanced to the ECAC East Championship game.

In addition to his time with New England’s hockey teams, Ardito also served as a volunteer assistant baseball coach for the Pilgrims in 2007.

Ardito was assistant coach and director of hockey operations for Connecticut College’s men’s ice hockey team from 2007 through 2010. The Camels made a pair of NESCAC quarterfinal appearances in his time with them.

Ardito and fellow Yale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi were Flygh’s first two hires after taking over as head coach prior to the 2010-11 season. The Bulldogs showed many signs of progress on the ice in their first season under their new leaders, and they were one of three finalists for ECAC Hockey’s SKOR Sports Trophy, recognizing the team that exemplifies sportsmanship, tenacity, commitment and innovation. They were in contention for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot until the final game of the year, and increased their goal total in conference games by 17 percent over the previous season (from 36 to 42). Yale was one of the least-penalized teams in the conference (8.1 penalty minutes per game) and did not incur a major penalty all season.

In addition to their sportsmanship on the ice, the Bulldogs are extremely active in the community. They rallied behind their teammate Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) in her battle with cancer, organizing numerous events to raise awareness of the need for marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors for patients like Mandi with life-threatening illnesses. The team also began the “Yale Bulldog PAWS (Pediatric Alliance With Student-athletes)” program with Yale-New Haven Hospital, adopting a local nine-year-old girl, Giana, who is recovering from surgery for a brain tumor.

Ardito has worked multiple ice hockey camps, including National Hockey Training. He has also worked as a trainer at Bluestreak Sports Training Center in Stamford, Conn.

Off the ice, Ardito has volunteered with Special Olympics and Buddy Walk for children with Down Syndrome.

Updated May 20, 2013

Jessica Koizumi
Jessica Koizumi
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 805-404-4777
High School: Marina (Calif.)
College: Minnesota-Duluth (B.A. '07, M.A. '09)
Years at Yale: 4th Year at Yale

Jessica Koizumi, who earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship, joined the Yale women’s ice hockey staff as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season. Koizumi played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth while Yale’s head coach Joakim Flygh was an assistant there, and she captained UMD to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game in 2007.

In addition to her gold medal at the 2008 IIHF Women’s World Championship in China, Koizumi also was part of the U.S. team’s second-place finish at the 2007 Four Nations Cup. She was on the U.S. Women’s Select Team in 2008-09 while getting her master’s degree in education from Minnesota-Duluth. She also played for the U.S. Under-22 Select Team in the series with Canada in 2004 and 2006.

Koizumi has participated in six USA Hockey National Festivals (2004-2009) and four USA Hockey Player Development Camps (2000-2003). She has also participated in several USA Hockey Holiday Festivals and June Conditioning Camps, and has played for Team USA at three Women’s World InLine Hockey Championships (2005-07). That included a gold medal in Detroit in 2006 and a silver medal in France in 2005.

In addition to playing for the U.S., Koizumi has also served as a head coach at multiple USA Hockey National Girls’ Hockey festivals, working with the U14 team in Rochester, N.Y., in 2010 and 2011; the U16 team in St. Cloud, Minn., in 2009 and 2010; and the U17 team in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 2007. She also served as an evaluator at USA Hockey’s Pacific District tryouts in Seattle, Wash., from 2007 through 2009.

Koizumi, a forward, finished her career ranked No. 7 on the UMD career scoring list with 155 points (84-71-155) and was a team captain for two years. As a senior in 2006-07 she led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four championship game after coming back from a torn MCL midway through the season. She scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a double-overtime victory over Boston College in the national semifinal game and was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. She was also a third team All-WCHA selection that year, and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as a freshman.

Koizumi finished in the top three in points on her team every year (second with 40 points (22-18) as a senior, first with 43 points (17-26) as a junior, third with 41 points (24-17) as a sophomore, third with 31 points (21-10) as a freshman).

A standout in the classroom as well as on the ice, Koizumi was a four-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in coaching in 2007. She completed her master’s degree in education in 2009.

Koizumi supplemented her experience of playing for Shannon Miller (currently the third winningest coach in Division I history) at UMD by also serving as a graduate assistant coach for her alma mater in the fall semester of 2007. Additionally, she completed a coaching practicum with the Denfeld varsity high school boys’ team in Duluth in 2007.

Before coming to Yale Koizumi spent a season as an assistant coach for the White Team at the North American Hockey Academy. She also played part-time for the Montreal Stars in the Central Women’s Hockey League, helping the team to the CWHL regular season title. She had 11 goals and 11 assists in just 17 games. In 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 she played part-time for the Boston Blades in the CWHL. She helped the Blades win the Clarkson Cup as CWHL champions in 2012-13. 

Koizumi also played two seasons for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League. In 2008-09 she ranked second on the team with 17 points (11-6-17) and led the team to the WWHL championship. That same year she also served as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for the Totino Grace high school girls’ program in Fridley, Minn.

Koizumi founded and serves as the head instructor for the Tsunami Performance Zone Hockey Camp since 2005. She also serves as an instructor for the Canadian Hockey Enterprises Hockey School. She was the head instructor for power skating and dry-land clinics in Huntington Beach, Calif., from 2003 through 2006. 

Koizumi, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a 2003 graduate of Marina High School (Calif.). She played for the Cal Selects Hockey Club from 1999-2003, and was named the 2002-03 Cal Selects Player of the Year.


updated May 20, 2013

Chris Ardito
Chris Ardito
Title: Volunteer Assistant
Hometown: Northford, Conn.
High School: Notre Dame of Fairfield
College: Quinnipiac

Chris Ardito serves as volunteer assistant coach for the Yale women’s ice hockey team. As a former goaltender he brings a unique skill set to the coaching staff.

A native of Northford, Conn., Ardito was a member of Notre Dame High of Fairfield’s ice hockey team. His career GAA at Notre Dame was 1.47.  This included a state-leading 1.25 during his junior year. He was named to the South-West Conference all tournament team in 2004.

After playing Junior Hockey for the CT Lazers, Ardito attended Quinnipiac University, where he majored in Interactive Digital Design.

Ardito began his coaching career as an instructor at Rick Heinz Goaltending School summer camps from 2002-2005.  He served as head instructor at the camps’ Connecticut locations from 2006-2008.  He has been an instructor for the Connecticut Crease Private Goalie Training School since 2006 and recently became a partner in the business.

Ardito was assistant coach and goalie coach for Southern Connecticut State University’s men’s ice hockey team from 2009 through 2012. The Ice Owls made the ACHA tournament in each of his first three years at a coach, culminating in a national championship appearance in 2011 and an 18-1-0 record.

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