PLATTSBURGH — Julia Duquette '17, a four-time national champion for the Cardinals as an undergraduate student-athlete and a former assistant coach and hockey operations coordinator for the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney High School, has been named an assistant women's hockey coach at Plattsburgh State, as announced Tuesday by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.
"It's great to have Julia back here in Plattsburgh," Plattsburgh head coach Kevin Houle said.
"It's a great fit for us and for her; she knows what Plattsburgh Hockey is all about. She knows what it takes to be successful as a player here and now as a coach moving forward. We're really happy to have her back as a coach and know that she'll do great things."
Duquette spent the past two years as an assistant coach and hockey operations coordinator for the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney in Rochester.
She helped coach the U16 team to two consecutive New York State championships as well as two straight USA Hockey national championship appearances. In addition to her assistant coaching role with the U16 team, she served as the hockey operations coordinator for both the U16 and U19 teams.
From 2013-17, Duquette suited up for Plattsburgh as a defenseman, helping lead the Cardinals to four straight national championships. Responsible for one of the most iconic moments in the history of the program, Duquette scored a short-handed goal with the extra attacker with 20.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime against host Adrian in the national championship game of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2017.
Plattsburgh wound up scoring the game-winner midway through the first overtime period to seal a 4-3 victory and its fourth straight national title. Duquette finished her career with 33 points on five goals and 28 assists in 114 games played in addition to serving as an alternate captain during her senior season in 2016-17.
"It's very special to me to return to Plattsburgh," Duquette said. "I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play for Coach Houle, and I'm excited to now be on the other side learning from him as a coach and to continue to build the legacy of the program."
Duquette earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2017.