|High School:||Marina (Calif.)|
|Previous College:||Minnesota-Duluth (B.A. '07, M.A. '09)|
|Years at Yale:||2014-15 is 5th 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.
Koizumi has helped the Bulldogs make steady progress on the ice in recent years. In 2013-14 they posted their best winning percentage in conference games (.432) since 2007-08. In addition to making their first ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance since 2008, they earned their first postseason win since 2005 with a 3-2 double overtime win at then-No. 5 Harvard Feb. 28 in game one of the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs eventually lost the series two games to one (including a double overtime loss in game two), falling one goal shy of the program's second appearance at the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
Koizumi and fellow Yale assistant coach Eddie Ardito 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.
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 coach with the most national titles, five) 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, 2012-13 and 2013-14 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 27, 2014