Falmouth’s Hunt Heading Home to Minnesota, Clipper Girls Looking for new Hockey Coach

FALMOUTH — On the heels of its first-ever state championship title, Falmouth High School girls ice hockey is looking for a new coach.

Named the 2013 and 2015 Division 2 Girls Hockey Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe and the Capecod.com All-Cape & Islands Coach of the Year, Minnesota-native Erin Hunt confirmed this morning she is heading home. Hunt coached the Falmouth High School girls ice hockey team to its first-ever MIAA Division 2 State Championship at the TD Garden in March and three visits to the Division 2 state finals in her four seasons at the Clipper helm. She finished with a 68-15-9 record.

Falmouth Head Coach Erin Hunt gives a big hug to one of her stars, Kelly Ferreira at the TD Garden after capturing the Div. 2 State Championship in the spring. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Falmouth Head Coach Erin Hunt gives a big hug to one of her stars, Kelly Ferreira at the TD Garden after capturing the Div. 2 State Championship in the spring.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Hunt will be moving back to Minnesota this week with her husband Dave Hunt and their two dogs. She has taken a job at Shakopee High School in Shakopee, Minnesota as the new girls’ ice hockey head coach and as a social studies teacher. Her new position is about 30 minutes from where she grew up before heading off to Boston College where she played four years as a defenseman.

“This was a very difficult decision,” Hunt said this morning. “I will miss Falmouth and a lot of great people here.”

There is no immediate replacement for the highly successful ice hockey leader and Falmouth High School athletic director Kathleen Burke confirmed she is actively seeking interest in filling Hunt’s shoes.

Hunt spent the past six years coaching at Falmouth High School in Massachusetts including two years as a volunteer assistant and the last four years as the team’s head coach. Her new school, obviously, is excited she will be taking the girls’ ice hockey reins.

“We are excited to welcome Erin to Shakopee Schools and the girls’ hockey program,” Activities Director John Janke said. “Erin’s resume speaks for itself and she brings a level of excellence not only from her playing days but also from her past coaching experience. I’m excited to watch her move our program forward.

Falmouth High School's Erin Hunt will be heading home to Minnesota this week. Sean Walsh/capecod.com sports

Falmouth High School’s Erin Hunt will be heading home to Minnesota this week.
Sean Walsh/capecod.com sports

A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Hunt played three years of varsity hockey at Wayzata High School before forgoing her final two years of high school eligibility to play for the Minnesota Thoroughbreds—an elite-level program for girls 19 and under. Hunt went on to play four years of college hockey at Boston College as a defenseman. As a Golden Eagle, Hunt played in 134 career games, recorded six goals and 28 assists, and played in the 2007 Frozen Four. She received the Boston College Leadership Award and the ACC Community Service Award in 2007. She was also a two-time recipient of the Boston College Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.

“I am excited for the opportunity to return to Minnesota to work as an educator and coach in the Shakopee Public School system,” Hunt said. “I look forward to meeting the students at Shakopee High School and coaching the student-athletes of the Shakopee girls’ hockey program!”

— Story and photos by Sean Walsh, sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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