ASTON, Pa. -- Neumann director of athletics and recreation Chuck Sack has announced the hiring of Kelly Rider as the head coach.

Rider served as the women’s ice hockey assistant during the 2012-13 season under Casey Handrahan.

Before coming to Neumann in 2012, Coach Rider spent three years as the head coach for Canton High School (Mass.) and as an assistant coach for the Southfield School in Massachusetts. At Canton, Rider also served on the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association as a League Representative and Tournament Committee Chair in the fall of 2011.

Prior to Canton and Southfield she was the assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2008-09.  She has also served as the head coach for the Troy-Albany Ice Cats, an intern coach for the USA Hockey U18 Developmental camps in Lake Placid and St. Cloud, and a USA Hockey CEP Instructor. She currently holds a level 5 USA Hockey coaching certification.

Rider played for Quinnipiac from 2003-07 and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. In '05 and '06 she was awarded the QU Scholar Athlete title. In '04 and '07 she was also part of the women’s hockey team that won the Positive Play Cup for Community Service and Involvement.