This is Russell Kidd's first year as the head coach of Amherst women's ice hockey, though he has years of coaching experience behind him. Helping to establish an ice hockey program at the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate, he is the third highest goal scorer in school history. Kidd scored the first goal on Amherst College's Orr Rink before spending 13 years coaching on the high school level. He returned to the Minutemen in 1970 as an assistant hockey coach until UMass temporarily dissolved the program in 1978. Kidd aided the development of women's soccer at the University before assuming an administrative role, most recently serving as the Director of General Physical Education for over 12,000 students. He has also coached UMass lacrosse and men's soccer.
Jaynen Rissling is currently finishing up an accouting degree at the University of Massachusetts. Rissling captained the Minutemen for three consecutive years and bolstered the team as an offensive-minded defenseman and a key member of the special teams units. Originally hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Rissling hopes to play professional hockey after graduation, as two of his brothers have done.
Volunteering to assist the women's ice hockey program in its sophomore season, Mark Enoch ran into Russell Kidd by chance while skating at UMass earlier this year. A former goalie himself, Enoch spends time working on net-skills. Currently a fundraiser for non-profit organizations with the Share Group in Hadley, Enoch has also been a teacher of math and art for high school and adult-education classes.