The last nugget of news today from the NWHL belongs to the Boston Pride, who announced today that they have hired a General Manager for Season 7.
Larouco has playing experience, as she was a former player in the NCAA, having played forward for Brown University. She also possesses experience behind the bench, as she was an Assistant Coach at Brown University as well.
Now that the Pride have a GM for Season 7, it will be interesting to see how she ends up building the roster in order to defend the Isobel Cup.
You can check out the full press release here:
BOSTON PRIDE NAME DANIELLE LAROUCO GENERAL MANAGER
by Mario Forno
Boston, MA- The Boston Pride today announced the appointment of Danielle (Solari) Larouco, a stand-out forward and former assistant coach at Brown University, to the role of General Manager of the 2021 National Women’s Hockey League champions.
“I have known Danielle for a long time; from playing club hockey together to watching her dominate at Brown and participate in National camps,” said Colleen Coyne, President of the Pride. “She has always been someone who can balance hard work with levity and perspective. Her hockey knowledge and experience coupled with her business acumen is the perfect mix for this position. I can’t wait to work with her.”
Larouco, a native of Rockland, Massachusetts joins the Pride with an impressive and wide-ranging hockey career. She ranks 4th among All-time Leading Scorers at Brown University with 169 points in 94 games. A two-time Captain (‘96 & ‘97) and Assistant Captain (‘95), she was twice named an ECAC Division 1 All-Star. Larouco was also a participant at the 1997 USA Olympic Development Camp from which the 1998 Olympic Women’s Hockey Team was selected. She then returned to Brown for two seasons behind the bench (‘98 – ‘00) serving as an Assistant Coach for the Bears.
To complement her playing and coaching experience, Larouco brings over a decade of business management and operations experience, the bulk of which was spent at Canton, MA-based Adidas Group (Reebok International, Ltd.) where she worked closely with C-suite executives on a variety of global initiatives. Since departing the corporate world, Danielle has held leadership roles with the South Shore Eagles (President), the Bay State Hockey League (Owner/Director), and The Bog Ice Arena & Rockland Ice Rink (GM of Business Operations & Development).
“I am very excited to be named the General Manager of the Boston Pride and join this great group of players and staff,” Larouco said. “I look forward to continuing to propel the women’s game forward with the excellence the players bring to the ice every day as well as providing great game-day experiences to our fans. The dedication and perseverance of this talented group of professional athletes we have is second to none and I am excited to bring that momentum into the upcoming season.”
In her role as GM, Larouco will oversee staff and player personnel as well as team and community events. She will work closely with Coyne, Head Coach Paul Mara, and his coaching and support staff to expand and deepen community connections and continue the winning tradition of the Pride.
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