Carisa Wahlig Named Women’s Hockey Head Coach

Carisa Wahlig Named Women’s Hockey Head Coach

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Carisa Wahlig, the active leader in victories for the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, has been named the head coach of the Brown women's hockey team in an announcement made by Director of Athletics Jack Hayes on Friday.

"Carisa has built a highly successful program at Lake Forest and has shown the ability to recruit at a high level and develop student-athletes both on and off of the ice," said Hayes. "She is ready to lead the Brown program back to its tradition of excellence and we look forward to welcoming her to the Brown community."

Wahlig comes to College Hill after leading the Lake Forest College women's program for 13 seasons, where she was the school's all-time winningest coach with a 201-101-39 record (135-65-32 NCHA).

"I'm incredibly excited to be at the helm of the Brown women's hockey team," said Wahlig. "I'm looking forward to working with these impressive student-athletes on getting the program back on track in terms of its success. It's going to be a lot of hard work on every front, but I welcome that challenge and I hope the players do as well."

She took over the program that was 8-9-6 and 2-22-1 in the previous season and guided the team to winning seasons every year since the 2009-10 campaign. In her time with the Foresters, Wahlig was a three-time NCHA Coach of the Year (2010, 2013 and 2014), while leading the squad to conference regular season championships in 2010 and 2014 and tournament titles in 2014 and 2015.

Her team reached the NCAA Quarterfinal in both 2014 and 2015, and she was a finalist for the National Division III Coach of the Year in 2015. Wahlig's teams have finished the season ranked in the top-10 nationally in 2010 and 2014-17, while finishing in the top-5 in scoring offense from 2013-18.

On the recruiting front, Wahlig has developed one Division III National Player of the Year (Laura Hurd Award in 2016) and four conference players of the year. She has guided 15 American Hockey Coaches Association West All-Americans, 53 NCHA All-Conference selections and 11 NCHA All-Freshman honorees. Academically, she has had 45 student-athletes earn NCHA Academic All-Conference laurels.

Prior to Lake Forest, Wahlig spent the 2004-05 season as the head coach of Team Illinois Under-19 program and the previous year as an assistant coach at Glenbrook High School where she helped the team claim a league championship.

Wahlig grew up in Glenview, Illinois, and attended Glenbrook South High School. She played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire and was the team's leading scorer all four years while graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2000. She completed her collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in points. Wahlig earned First Team All-American honors, was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, and helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of Division I national championships.

After graduating from New Hampshire, Wahlig won a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships with the U.S. National Team and was a member of the 2002 Pre-Olympic team. She then played professionally in Switzerland, where she was the league's leading scorer. Wahlig later joined the USA Women's National Roller Hockey team and earned a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships.

She and her husband Alex have two children, Alex and Watson.