Regional Manager, American Development Model
Michele Amidon began her duties as USA Hockey's first-ever director of women's hockey in August 2006. She held this position until being named regional manager of the American Development Model in August 2010. In this role, Amidon helps provide a blueprint for optimal athlete development focusing on age-appropriate training utilizing long-term athlete development principles.
In early 2008, after Amidon had been in her role with the National Governing Body for just a year and a half, Team USA captured gold medals at both the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship and the IIHF World Women's Championship. Then, at the 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup, Team USA earned its first championship since 2003. In 2009, both the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team and the U.S. Women's National Team successfully defended their World titles. Her tenure culminated at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where she oversaw the women's team as it garnered the silver medal. She is currently a member of the IIHF women's committee (term 2008-2012).
A former U.S. Women's National Team player, Amidon spent eight seasons (1998-2006) as the highly successful head coach of the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey team. During her nine seasons at Bowdoin – eight as head coach and one as an assistant coach – Amidon led the Polar Bears to unrivaled success. She guided the team to a 140-52-12 overall record, which included four NCAA tournament appearances, two New England Small College Athletic Conference championships and four NESCAC championship-game appearances.
Bowdoin began its rise to national prominence during the 2001-02 season, a year in which Amidon guided the Polar Bears to a school-record 23 victories, the NESCAC championship and the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. For her efforts, she was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
The 2002-03 campaign brought even more success, as Amidon guided Bowdoin back to the NCAA tournament and a third-place national finish. That year, she was named both the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association and the NESCAC Coach of the Year
Amidon also has coaching experience at the international level, having served as assistant coach with the U.S. National Women's 22 & Under Team that competed in the 1999 Christmas Cup in Fussen, Germany. In addition, she has been involved as a head coach at USA Hockey's Player Development Camps on several occasions.
Amidon has a multitude of international playing experience on her resume, including winning a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the 1992 IIHF World Women's Championship.
A 1994 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Amidon was a four-year letter winner and three-year captain of the SLU women's ice hockey team. In her first year with the team, she was voted ECAC Rookie and Division III Player of the Year. Named the ECAC Most Valuable Player as a junior and to the ECAC All-Star Team her senior campaign, Amidon was a three-time MVP of the St. Lawrence team and was inducted into the SLU Athletic Hall of Fame in fall of 2009.