Tracey DeKeyser enters her 12th season with the Badgers in 2010-11. After a one-year stint at the helm of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, during which Head Coach Mark Johnson took a one-year sabbatical to coach the 2010 U.S. Women’s Olympic ice hockey team, DeKeyser returns as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.
For the first time in her 11 years at Wisconsin, DeKeyser took the reins of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program during the 2009-10 season and led the Badgers to a 18-15-3 overall mark. With nine newcomers on the squad, DeKeyser and the Badgers finished fourth in the conference with a 15-12-1 record, which included a 3-1-0 series mark against league-leading and second-ranked Minnesota. DeKeyser led the team to a 6-1 victory over Bemidji State in a once-in-a-lifetime event at the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic, which also served as the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
The Ashton, Ontario native has been with the program since the drop of the first puck and has done everything from recruiting to co-coaching the team during her tenure. The energetic DeKeyser, formerly known as Cornell, came to Madison after spending the previous year as girls hockey head coach at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. DeKeyser led Cushing Academy to a 24-4-2 mark, the most successful season in the history of the program. Her team captured second during the regular season and advanced to the NEPSAC Championship. Most recently, DeKeyser served as a coach at Canada’s Under-22 Selection Camp in 2007.
DeKeyser’s playing experiences include four years at Cornell University, as well as one year as a professional in Switzerland for the SC Reinach Lions. While at Cornell, she co-captained the hockey program her senior season and earned Academic All-Ivy honors both her junior and senior years. Cornell helped the Big Red to the Ivy League hockey title during the 1995-96 season and served as assistant captain during the title run. The one-time Cornell rookie of the year also earned team honors as most inspirational player as a sophomore and senior.
Her stay with the SC Reinach Lions was also successful. The Lions placed second overall in the top Swiss hockey league and were crowned Zurich Cup Tournament Champions during her 1997-98 season.
DeKeyser earned her bachelor of science degree in marine ecology from Cornell University in 1997. In the summer of 2007, DeKeyser earned her M.B.A. in the graduate program at Wisconsin. In addition to her time with the hockey program, DeKeyser played forward for a year with the Big Red women’s soccer team and is an avid cyclist who has tried her hand competing in triathlons over the past few years, including the 2006 and 2008 Madison Ironman competitions.
DeKeyser and husband Darren DeKeyser were married in May of 2008 and currently reside in Middleton, Wisconsin, with their new son, Nicholas.
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