Arizona State Women’s Hockey Coach Named Winter World University Games Head Coach in 2025

William Wuneburger/ASU Women's Hockey

After an undefeated conference season in the Women’s Western Collegiate Hockey League, a national tournament berth, and three consecutive WWCHL coach of the year titles, Arizona State Women’s Hockey Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Lindsey Ellis adds “ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) National Team Head Coach” to her resume at the 2025 FISU (International University Sports Federation)’s Winter World University Games.

Torino, Italy, is host to the FISU Winter World University Games. The “2025 FISU Winter World University Games is the largest international winter multi-sport event for student-athletes and will consist of 13 sports and 96 medal events. Featuring more than 2,500 athletes from more than 50 countries in the 18–25-year-old age range,” according to the announcement.

The ACHA is fielding a United States Women’s team for the sixth time in history, previously capturing the bronze medal in 2013 (Trentino, Italy) and 2017 (Almaty, Kazakhstan).

FYI: ACHA Division 1 is the highest ranking club hockey division

Ellis’ ASU team finished 5th in national rankings in 2023-24, with 43 points and a 21-3-0-1 record in 25 games played and an 18-0 record against WWCHL conference opponents.

Ellis’ record behind the bench is impressive, with a career 92-67-5 record in her eight seasons as program coach, but her on-ice decorum solidifies her as one of the best in the ACHA.

The WWCHL commissioner played four seasons, donning the “A” for her final two, winning two CCWHA (Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association) titles, as well as the 2014 ACHA Women’s Division One national title.

The Torino games span from January 11-23rd at the Torino Pala Tozzoli.

ASU’s women’s hockey schedule is yet to be released after the Sun Devils left the WWCHL to go independent in hopes of fielding a tougher strength of schedule.

James Mackey

Credentialed Writer Covering the Arizona Coyotes

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