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Women’s hockey names assistants with Badger ties

MADISON, WI (PRESS RELEASE) - The University of Wisconsin women's hockey announced the hiring of two assistant coaches for the 2009-10 season.  Tracey DeKeyser (formerly Cornell) will act as the interim head coach while Peter Johnson and Jackie Friesen will fill in as short term assistants.   Johnson and Friesen will fill the assistant positions while head coach Mark Johnson takes a one-year leave of absence to coach the U.S. women's team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Johnson will work primarily with the defensemen, taking over for former assistant coach Dan Koch, who accepted a head coaching job at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault, Minn. Friesen will focus on the forwards with DeKeyser and volunteer assistant coach Mark Greenhalgh will remain working with the goaltenders.   "Peter is going to be a great addition to our coaching staff this season - having both played and coached at Wisconsin previously," said DeKeyser. "Of course, there's also the Johnson Family resemblance that may cause some to do a double-take."   "Similarly, Jackie's familiarity with our Badger hockey program should make for a very seamless transition.  It will be great to have these two Badger alums working alongside the program once again."   Johnson's resume includes scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL for nine years and previously serving as an assistant coach at three outstanding college programs.   Johnson played for his father "Badger Bob" at Wisconsin and was a member of the 1981 NCAA Championship team and captained the 1981-'82 team. Johnson was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983 and participated in the National Olympic Festival in 1981,'82 and ‘83 and played in the 1982 World Ice Hockey Tournament in Finland.   "I am really excited and looking forward to helping coach at Wisconsin," said Johnson, the younger brother of Mark Johnson. "Mark, Tracey and Dan have set up a great team and it's a great opportunity to coach such a successful program.  Wisconsin has a great group of athletes that are very talented and being from the area I am familiar with the program."   Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men's hockey team at Bowling Green State University where the Falcons won a conference and national championship in 1984. Staying as an assistant coach, Johnson helped Cornell men's hockey from 1985-88. In his three-year stay with the Big Red, Johnson helped in recruiting student-athletes, while winning an Eastern College Athletics Conference championship in 1985.   Johnson returned to his alma mater in 1988 where he assisted under Jeff Sauer from 1988-91. His duties covered all areas including recruiting, coaching and player development. Johnson won his second title as a coach when the Badgers claimed both the WCHA and NCAA title in 1990.   Since 2002, Johnson has served as the Director of Ice Arena Operations and Programming at the Eagles Nest in Verona. He also served as the head coach of Wisconsin's Elite Hockey League U18 Team since 2006 and Middleton Girls Co-op since 2007.   Friesen, a former Wisconsin women's hockey player from 2001-05, is also making a return to her alma mater since serving as an undergraduate assistant coach following her four-year career. A Regina, Saskatchewan native, Friesen played 136 games at the forward position scoring 53 goals and 34 assists. An assistant captain in her final season, Friesen also earned Academic All-WCHA in 2003 and recorded three hat tricks in her career at UW.   In 2006, her first year as an undergraduate assistant coach, the Badgers won their first national championship. Friesen went on to play hockey overseas where she played professionally in Switzerland for a year before playing for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. Her team went on to win the Elite European League and they were Czech League Champions in 2007-08.   For the past year Friesen has kept busy working at the Riverside International School of Prague while continuing to play hockey. She worked as a special education needs teacher and taught weekly swim lessons.                                                 ###     Jacqueline Boscacci Athletic Communications Assistant University of Wisconsin
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