About Dynamic Women's Hockey

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Kay Cowperthwait

Head Coach and
Founder of Dynamic Women's Hockey

Kay Cowperthwait is a lifelong athlete who has played hockey for over forty years. She is a former head coach of the Amherst College women's hockey team and assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse and golf teams. During her tenure, both the golf and lacrosse teams attended the National Championships. Prior to Amherst she was the first head lacrosse coach at Stanford University, where she coached her team to a Western Women’s Lacrosse League title. Kay was a two-sport athlete at Colby College, where she captained both the hockey and lacrosse teams and a soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse captain at The Pomfret School. In addition to being named MVP at Colby, she was inducted into the Pomfret School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

Since 2003, Kay has taught a weekly ice hockey skills clinic for girls and women along with volunteering her time as a captain and coach for her women’s hockey team. She is also a certified personal trainer, Spinning and Pilates Instructor, which has honed her eye for detail, alignment and posture. Kay’s love of working with people shines through in all of her teaching, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for ice hockey with you.


Krystyn Elek

Dynamic women’s hockey coach

Krystyn grew up playing hockey in New Jersey, where she played for both the Lawrenceville School and the Princeton Tiger Lilies club team. She then became the starting goalie for the Amherst College Women’s Hockey team, where she was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2007 and a second-team All-American selection for three years. In 2009, she was selected as the NESCAC Player of the Year, the same year that her Amherst team won the NCAA Division III National Championship. After graduating from Amherst, Krystyn received her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Smith College. Her coaching experience includes six years of coaching the Amherst College women’s rugby team, as well as being the head coach of the middle school softball team and the varsity ice hockey team at The Winsor School in Boston. She has also coached at the Stop It Goaltending camp and regularly helps with goalie evaluations and coaching for the Massachusetts development program for USA Hockey. She continues to play goalie for the Adult B-Level travel team of the Boston Pride, and she also serves on their Board of Directors. Krystyn’s knowledge, insight and passion for both the goalie position and the game of hockey make her an excellent teacher and mentor. 


Erin Bernard

Dynamic women’s hockey coach

Erin has been playing ice hockey for 27 years. She grew up playing in Connecticut, where she played for both the Connecticut Polar Bears and the Southern Connecticut Stars. She then attended Trinity College, where she was a two-time captain of the varsity ice hockey program. After graduating from Trinity, Erin earned an M.S. in Sports Psychology from Springfield College. She was then hired as coach of the Smith College women’s ice hockey team, which competes in the American Collegiate Hockey League. Erin’s vast knowledge of the game of hockey and her outstanding teaching ability has lead to great success at Smith in her eight seasons as head coach. Ice hockey and coaching run in Erin’s family, as her sister also played college hockey and her father has coached youth hockey for 27 years.     


Mallory Michaeles

Dynamic women’s hockey coach

Mallory started playing ice hockey when she was 5 years old. She played for Hanover High School (NH) before attending Colby College, where she played four years of varsity hockey. Immediately after graduating from Colby, she was a faculty member at the New Hampton School for two years, coaching both ice hockey and lacrosse. She then served as an assistant coach at Williams College and University of Massachusetts, Boston. Those experiences led her to being named the assistant coach and then head coach at Colby. After moving further south in Maine last year, Mallory joined the Bowdoin College Women’s Hockey staff as a volunteer assistant coach for this past season. Mallory’s patience, experience  and wisdom make her an outstanding teacher and coach.