PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Robert Morris University women’s hockey head coach Paul Colontino announced Tuesday the hiring of Kelley Steadman as a volunteer assistant coach.
Steadman, who is the first women’s hockey player from Mercyhurst University to represent the United States in international competition, won two International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women’s Championship gold medals with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011 and 2013. She also claimed gold medals at the 2008 IIHF U18 World Women’s Championship and at the 2013-14 IIHF European Women’s Champions Cup with HC Tornado Moscow.
In 2012-13, Steadman played for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, helping them capture their first Clarkson Cup in team history. She tallied 14 points (8g, 6a) in 24 games with the Blades and added three goals in four postseason contests.
Outside of international and professional competition, Steadman also left a mark with a Lakers team that won four CHA regular season championships and three CHA Tournament titles, made two Frozen Fours and was the 2009 national runner-up. As a senior in 2011-12, she was named CHA Player of the Year and was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given to the top female college ice hockey player in the United States.
In four seasons at Mercyhurst, Steadman scored 78 goals and dished out 54 assists. She led the nation in goals per game in 2011-12, scoring 33 in 34 games for an average of 0.97 per contest.
Steadman graduated from Mercyhurst in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a four-time CHA All-Academic Team selection with the Lakers.