July 8, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team officially added Jackie Friesen to its coaching staff, the team announced. The Badgers appointed Friesen as an assistant coach after she served as a short-term assistant during the 2009-10 season.
Friesen returns to the Badgers' bench after assisting interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser last season. DeKeyser, who took over the helm for Mark Johnson while he took a one-year sabbatical to coach the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, also returns as an assistant coach this season.
Friesen brings a wealth of hockey experience to the table for the Badgers. Skating with the Badgers for four seasons from 2001-05, the Regina, Saskatchewan, native accumulated 53 goals and 34 assists in her 136 games for the UW. An assistant captain in her final season, Friesen also earned Academic All-WCHA in 2003 and recorded three hat tricks in her career at Wisconsin.
Friesen also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Badgers. In 2006, she helped coach the squad to its first national championship.
No stranger to international play, Friesen went on to play professional hockey overseas where she competed in Switzerland for a year before playing for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. Her team won back-to-back titles in the Elite European League and was two-time Czech League Champions in 2008 and 2009.
While living in Prague, Czech Republic, Friesen also kept busy working at the Riverside International School of Prague along with playing hockey. She worked as a special education needs teacher and taught weekly swim lessons.