Jackie MacMillan, an original Badger from the inaugural 1999-2000 season, still owns UW career goaltending records for games played, saves and minutes played. In 121 games, MacMillan held a 2.08 goals-against average collecting 2,527 saves in 6999:28 minutes. MacMillan has recently been named the head coach at St. Scholastica, where she will start the new program for the 2010-11 season.
YEARS AT WISCONSIN: 5
HOMETOWN: Buffalo, Minn.
CURRENT ADDRESS (CITY): Duluth, Minn.
CURRENT FAMILY: Just me and my dog Gracie!
What have you been doing since graduating and where are you living and working now
Since graduating, I used my English degree for one year and taught middle school English at a preparatory school (Shattuck-St. Marys) and coached hockey. One year later, I was fortunate to make the jump to coaching college hockey at Division I Union College for three years. From there, I landed my first head coaching job at New England College in Henniker, N.H. Recently, I was named the first head coach at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. I will be building the program from the start and our inaugural season will be 2010-11. How lucky am I to be making money working in hockey as a college hockey coach Not many people get that opportunity.
Did your experience in athletics influence you in your current vocation If so, how
I started out at Wisconsin wanting to be a teacher. It all changed after my first few months on campus. I was lucky enough to get to know Coach Sauer. Wow, what an amazing mentor, coach, and friend. I found myself walking through, saying hi to their administrative assistant Nancy Olson and equipment manager Rob Malnory all the time. Coach Sauer just let me pop into his office and made me feel important, like he does everybody. I realized what a great environment they had there and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of something special like that when I grew up. Coach Sauer and the mens program created a family atmosphere that the womens program wanted to follow. Jeff Sauer, Julie Sasner and Mark Johnson had a huge influence on the start of my coaching career.
What is your fondest memory as a student-athlete
I cant pick just one. Spending five years at the Fetzer and McClain in between going to classes. A lot happens in one day. Imagine what five years of that holds! Id give anything to do it all over again.
What was your favorite moment on the ice
Sweeping Minnesota-Duluth at Duluth. We broke a 26-game unbeaten streak they were carrying. They had a number of fans that sat right over my net and it was fun to silence them a bit. After the Saturday night win, we all went into the visitors locker room and gathered in a circle and sang Varsity as a team. Its a moment I will never forget. We found a broom and went onto the ice after getting out of our hockey gear and started sweeping the ice.
Do you still currently follow UW womens hockey Have you been back to any games How does it feel to be back
Of course! I check their box scores after every game. Plus, I had to pay close attention to Jessie Vetter. She had to go and break all my records!!!! What an amazing goaltender she is. Anytime I get to watch the team play, it makes me really miss playing and it brings back all the memories of how it was for me. I still get nervous for them watching games.
What do you miss most about being a UW hockey player Miss the least
I miss the fans, the feeling of excitement before/during games and being in the locker room, on the bus, and planes where all the entertainment happens with your teammates. What I miss the least is the 6 a.m. stadium stairs. I mean, I know they serve a purpose, but arent those things for fans to sit on I suppose we had to do them to burn off what we ate at training table the night before. I want to work out a deal where UW still caters my meal for dinner after practice.
What was/is the best part about being a Badger
The dominance of red and white, we are a family and proud of it.
What was your favorite class at Wisconsin
Educational Pyschology-Joyce Hemphill. Shes animated in lectures!
What was your favorite part of campus Where did you spend most of your time
I suppose the correct answer would be the library But, I would be lying if I said that. And, Im sure the most common answer is Union Terrace. Mine is: Bascom Hill. You can get a great tan in between classes.
What advice would you give current student-athletes
1. Take advantage of all that Madison has to offer. 2. Dont just slide through the incredible educational opportunity that UW provides. 3. Enjoy your teammates. Your time with them will be what you remember most. 4. Oh, and make sure you own a scooter!