Laura Halldorson

Former Head Coach, University of Minnesota Women's Hockey

Laura Halldorson was hired as the inaugural head coach for the women’s hockey team at the University of Minnesota in 1996. During her ten seasons with the Gophers, she led the program to three national championships and was a three-time national coach of the year. Her record at Minnesota was 278-67-22. Halldorson was inducted into the University of Minnesota “M” Club Hall of Fame in 2014.

Prior to her time at Minnesota, she spent seven years at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she also coached softball and volleyball before focusing on hockey and her administrative duties as the Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator.

Halldorson attended Princeton University where she played hockey for four years, winning three Ivy League titles and serving as co-captain for the Tigers during her senior season. Two years after graduating from Princeton, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for two seasons before taking over at Colby.

A native of Plymouth, Minn., and a graduate of Wayzata High School, Halldorson played three sports for the Trojans (volleyball, softball, and basketball), while also being a member of the Minnesota Checkers, a successful girls hockey team that won three national championships from 1979-1981.

Since retiring from coaching college women’s hockey, Halldorson has been a part of the Golden Gopher Fund, which is the fundraising office for the University of Minnesota’s Athletic Department. In addition to her current duties at the University, Halldorson is working with an elite, post-collegiate women’s hockey team called the Minnesota Whitecaps.

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