Finlandia has announced that Heather Reinke has accepted the position of assistant athletic director/senior women’s administrator and head women’s hockey coach beginning in the 2008-09 athletics season.
“Heather is coming from two exceptional NCAA Division I schools, having been assistant women’s ice hockey coach under two exceptional Division I coaches,” said Finlandia athletics director Chris Salani, the former women's coach. “I fully anticipate that she will develop Finlandia’s women’s ice hockey program into not only a prominent NCHA contender, but into a prominent NCAA Division III hockey team.”
Reinke comes to Finlandia from Brown University. At Brown, she was assistant women’s hockey coach under Digit Murphy, the all-time winningest Division I women’s hockey coach in NCAA history and the third collegiate women’s hockey coach to surpass the 300-win mark.
From 2000 to 2006, Reinke was assistant, then associate coach, for the women’s hockey team at Niagara University. Reinke worked under head coach Margot Page at Niagara, stepping in as interim head coach while Page helped coach the Canadian national women’s hockey team to a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy.
As assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator, Reinke will assist in the administration of Finlandia’s athletic program, in particular overseeing NCAA rules compliance, supervising the student-athlete advisory committee and acting as a mentor and advocate of equity and diversity within the athletic department.
Reinke earned a bachelor of arts in psychology at the University of New Hampshire, where she played defense on the women’s hockey team, earning All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors in each of her four years there. She is pursuing a masters degree in sports psychology through Minnesota State University.