After serving as a short-term assistant during the 2009-10 season, Jackie Friesen was officially appointed as an assistant coach of the Badgers for the 2010-11 season. Friesen brings experience as both a player and a coach at UW.
Friesen returns to the Badgers’ bench after assisting interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser during the 2009-10 season while head coach Mark Johnson took a one-year sabbatical to coach the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Friesen brings a wealth of hockey experience with her as she returns to her alma mater. 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 honors 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 represented her native Canada as a member of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team team from 2001-04. She helped Canada win the Air Canada Cup in both 2002-03 and 2003-04.
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.
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