March is Women’s History Month and Quinnipiac University is home to many strong female leaders, including Cassandra Turner, the head coach of the Quinnipiac Women’s ice hockey team.
“At Quinnipiac, it’s been really amazing to see how women are celebrated,” Turner said.
For the past 11 years, Turner has been an integral part of the team, leading the charge since 2015.
“I really want the women in our program to believe they can do anything and to feel like when they’re here, they learn those lessons that are going to help them to accomplish anything in their life that they want,” Turner explained.
The head coach also credits the university with creating an empowering environment for women.
“Quinnipiac is an outstanding university, but what makes it amazing are the people here,” Turner said.
Including, she says, the University’s first female president, Judy Olian, Ph.D.
“She really does let us see what female leadership looks like and I think that is trickled down into our athletic department, and for me, as a female head coach, it’s awesome to be able to show that to our athletes, to the young women in our program, what they can accomplish,” Turner explained.
Quinnipiac has undergone many positive changes in recent years and 2019 is no different.
This year the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four returns to Quinnipiac University on Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24. This is the second time in history the school is hosting the event.
“To have people invest to host the Frozen Four, to have great people showcasing our university, our building, it’s an outstanding chance for our university to show what we have,” Turner said.
For her, the ultimate payoff as head coach is helping to prepare young women for life both on and off the ice.
“This is a microcosm for all of the tangible skills and lessons that they’re going to learn that are going to help them for the rest of their life,” Turner explained.
Which is why she always passes along the best advice she’s ever been given…
“Believe in yourself,” Turner said. “I think as women we tend to think, ‘Oh, someone else could do that. Someone else could do that better than me.’ We want the young women in our program to believe in themselves … We want them to believe in one another and really see what they can accomplish together.”
Turner also values academics. The team had a 3.46 average GPA last semester.
By the way, you can still purchase tickets to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four happening this weekend. Just visit QUTickets.com.