BROOKLYN, NY: – Paul Mara, an assistant coach with 2018 Olympic gold medal-winning Team USA, has been named head coach of the Boston Pride.
The 38-year-old Mara, a native of Belmont, Mass., was an NHL defenseman for 732 games over 12 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks.
“To have the opportunity to coach these incredible athletes in the NWHL, and especially to do so with my hometown team, is a really exciting opportunity for me,” said Mara. “My experience coaching women’s hockey with the national program has been so fulfilling, and I can’t wait to get started at the pro level with the Pride. We’ll be an up-tempo team. I want my players to be creative offensively, and we’ll be responsible in our own end. I’m confident we’ll have a very successful team that’s also a lot of fun to play for and to watch.”
Mara has been an assistant coach with the U.S. national program since 2016. He succeeds Thomas Poeck, who coached the Pride for one season before leaving to focus on his own player development program and his work with the Northern Cyclones of the USPHL.
“Paul Mara brings an elite and diverse coaching resume to the Pride,” said NWHL Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development Hayley Moore. “Paul has been very successful developing players within the U.S. national program. We’re proud to welcome Paul to the NWHL and look forward to the team and community he builds upon in Boston.”