The hockey world recorded a milestone when Olivia Soares of Union College and Nina Rodgers of Dartmouth became the first two Black women coaches to oppose each other in a Division 1 college hockey game on Nov. 5.
Soares’ Union College team earned a 5-4 win in overtime over Rodgers’ visiting Dartmouth squad.
Soares joined Union as an assistant coach to Josh Sciba this summer. Rodgers is in her second season as an assistant to Liz Keady Norton.
They are the only two Black women to serve as coaches at the Division 1 level in women’s college hockey.