Flygh Named Yale Women’s Coach

     This from the Yale University sports information department on the naming of former Minnesota Duluth women’s assistant as Yale University women’s head coach:

Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)

New Bulldog Leader Has Been to NCAA Tournament Five Times as an Assistant Coach

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Joakim Flygh, who has been to the NCAA Division I tournament in five of the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard and Minnesota Duluth, has been named Yale’s head women’s ice hockey coach. Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett made the announcement Wednesday. Flygh’s nine-year career as an assistant coach has been marked by consistent success; teams he has coached for have a combined winning percentage of .701 (176-69-21) and he has been a part of six seasons of 20 or more wins.

A native of Tyringe, Sweden, Flygh graduated from New England College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management from New England in 2002. He is married to Duluth native Angela Francisco Flygh, a 2001 Harvard graduate and former Crimson women’s ice hockey captain.

Flygh served as an assistant coach at UMD for three seasons, working with the defense and penalty killing unit. The Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament every year that he was there. They advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game in 2007 and posted an overall record of 72-26-9.

Over Flygh’s tenure, UMD ranked fourth nationally in goals allowed per game and third in penalty killing. During his first season in 2004-05, the UMD penalty kill unit allowed just 16 goals in 206 power plays, leading the country with a 92.2-percent efficiency.

Flygh had a pair of stints leading Harvard while head coach Katey Stone was away coaching for USA Hockey. The Crimson went 4-0-1 in those games. His primary coaching responsibilities included working with the defense and the penalty-killing unit. Harvard was ranked in the top four in the country in scoring defense each year that Flygh was there, and led the nation in that category in 2007-08 (1.00 goals per game). Harvard was also ranked in the top six in penalty killing each year that Flygh was there.