Jeff Kampersal has spent 20 seasons at the helm of the Princeton women's hockey team, starting at his alma mater in 1996-97.
He is the longest tenured coach in program history and is the program's all-time leader in wins with 285.
Kampersal's tenure as head coach has been marked by the team's best-ever ECAC finish of second in 2006 and an Ivy League title that same year. Kampersal has also led Princeton to an additional two top-three ECAC finishes and three 20-win seasons.
Kampersal was the head coach of the USA Women's Hockey Under-18 Team for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He lead the team to silver medals at both the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships.
This past season Princeton missed winning the Ivy League title by one victory, instead taking second with a 7-2-1 mark. Overall the team went 15-14-2 and finished sixth in the ECAC with a 13-8-1 record. Two members of the team were named all-ECAC Hockey and four were named All-Ivy League, in addition Kampersal earning the inaugural Ivy League Coach of the Year honor.
The 2013-14 team returned to the league tournament thanks in part to a win at No. 3 Cornell in the regular-season finale that position it sixth in the league standings. The Tigers also posted ties with No. 5 Boston College, No. 8 Quinnipiac and No. 3 and eventual national champion Clarkson on the road. The previous season in 2012-13, Princeton had a streak of 11 consecutive playoff appearances end, finishing one point out of qualifying. That team did however beat two ranked teams in No. 8 Ohio State and No. 7 Clarkson.
In 2011-12, the Tigers posted a 12-15-4 overall record and finished seventh in the ECAC with a 10-10-2 mark, making its 11th straight playoff appearance. After a tough first half of the season, Princeton had an incredible run after December break losing just once in eight games. Highlighting the season were wins over No. 8 Northeastern (5-3), No. 10 Harvard (3-0), No. 10 Dartmouth (2-1), sweeping Yale & Brown by a combined 16-2, and four shutouts.
Picked to finish sixth in the ECAC preseason coaches poll, the 2010-11 Tigers rebounded from a difficult start to finish fourth in the final ECAC Hockey standings and earn a home-ice playoff series for the fourth time in six years. Princeton was seven games under .500 in early December but finished the season with a 16-14-1 overall record and a 13-8-1 record in league play. Kampersal's Princeton teams have finished at or above .500 in nine of the past 10 seasons.
The 2009-10 Tigers finished 13-14-2 overall and placed sixth in the final ECAC standings and garnered a playoff berth for the ninth straight season. During the season, Kampersal was selected to coach the ECAC All-Star team in its exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team.
A season earlier, Princeton recorded its ninth straight winning record and its third top-three ECAC finish under Kampersal. Princeton won 18 games to place third in the final ECAC standings after being selected sixth in the league's preseason poll. Princeton's successful season helped Kampersal claim the ECAC Coach of the Year award for the third time in his career.
In his 16 years as Princeton's head coach, Kampersal's teams have averaged better than 15 wins per season, more than two wins more per season than in the first 17 years of the women's hockey program. In 15 seasons, he has a 245-199-45 record behind the Princeton bench.
The 2008-09 Tigers earned home ice in the ECAC playoffs for the fifth time in Kampersal's tenure. Princeton's 18 wins ranked fourth in program history for wins in a season. One season earlier in 2007-08, Princeton won 14 games. The 2006-07 Tigers finished the season 16-12-3, tying the sixth highest win total in program history. Kampersal has been the coach for the eight of the 10 best seasons at Princeton in terms of wins.
He led the 2005-06 Tigers to a program-high 21 wins, an Ivy League championship, a second-place finish in the ECACHL and Princeton's first NCAA tournament berth. The 2005-06 season was the best in Princeton history. In addition to setting a program record for wins in a season, Princeton was home to both the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, Kim Pearce and Annie Greenwood. Princeton had two first-team All-ECACHL selections and placed two players on the ECACHL All-Rookie team. Kampersal was named the ECACHL Coach of the Year as well for the second time in his career.
In 2002-03 and 2003-04, Kampersal led the Tigers to back-to-back 20-win seasons. 2002-03 was then the most successful season in program history, as the Tigers finished 20-9-2 and reached the ECAC semifinals. 2003-04's 20-11-0 record was just slightly off the pace of the previous season.
Kampersal spent the summers of 2004, 2005 and 2006 serving on the coaching staff of the U.S. Women's Select Festival. In 2001-02, Kampersal was named the ECAC North Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 15-11-3 record, then his best mark in his six seasons behind the bench.
Princeton had earned five consecutive playoff berths when Kampersal took the coaching reins prior to the 1996-97 season, and the Tigers did not miss a beat under his leadership. During his first campaign he led the team to the ECAC quarterfinals, only to be topped by an appearance in the ECAC semifinals the following season and a quarterfinal appearance in 1998-99. Princeton narrowly missed the postseason in 1999-00 and 2000-01 before returning in each of the last six years.
During his tenure Kampersal has had four players in contention for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in women's intercollegiate hockey. The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year letterwinner and All-Ivy League honoree for Princeton from 1982 through 1986. Ali Coughlin, a second-team All-America in 1997-98, was one of 11 nominees in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Andrea Kilbourne, who took a year off between her junior and senior years to play for the U.S. in the 2002 Olympics, was a top 10 candidate in 2000-01 and 2002-03. Gretchen Anderson, a first-team All-Ivy and All-ECAC player her senior season and the Tigers seventh all-time leading scorer, was a candidate in 2003-04. Pearce was a candidate in 2006.
A 1992 graduate of Princeton, Kampersal served as the men's hockey team's captain as a senior. An All-Ivy League and All-ECAC selection, Kampersal shares the school record for consecutive games played with 107 (tied with Mervin Kopeck '95). He also was awarded the 1941 Championship Trophy, given to the Princeton player who best represents the winning spirit of the 1941 championship team. Kampersal played high school hockey at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in November of 2009.
A 10th-round selection of the New York Islanders in the 1988 NHL entry draft, Kampersal played for the ECHL's Richmond Renegades and the AHL's Capital District Islanders.
Kampersal and his wife Eileen have a daughter, Keira and a son, Jack.
Head Coach: Princeton (1996-present)
USA Hockey Under-18 Head Coach (2011-14)
USA Women's Select Festival Coach (2004-06)
ECAC Coach of the Year (2001-02, 2005-06, 2008-09)
Ivy League Coach of the Year (2014-15)
St. John's Prep
Hall of Fame inductee in 1999
Team captain in 1991-92
All-Ivy League and All-ECAC
kaSchool record for consecutive games played (107)
1988 NHL Draft (10th round) New York Islanders
ECHL Richmond Renegades
AHL Capital District Islanders
Kampersal Year-by-Year at Princeton
|2005-06||21-8-4||15-3-2||Ivy League Champion, ECAC Semifinalist, NCAA Quarterfinalist|
|Kampersal By the Numbers|
|1||Ivy League Championship (2006)|
|1||NCAA Tournament Apperance (2006)|
|program's first ever|
|4||Patty Kazmaier Award Candidates|
|Ali Coughlin (1998 & 99)|
|Andrea Kilbourne (2001 & 03)|
|Gretchen Anderson (2004)|
|Kim Pearce (2006)|
|Sasha Sherry (2009)|
|1||ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year|
|Annie Greenwood (2006)|
|1||ECAC Defensive Defender of the Year|
|Katherine Dineen (2008 & 2009)|
|62||All-ECAC Hockey Selections|
|7 First Team, 20 Second Team, 5 Third-Team|
|1||Ivy League Players of the Year|
|Kim Pearce (2006)|
|2||Ivy League Rookies of the Year|
|Kim Pearce (2004)|
|Annie Greenwood (2006)|
|44||All-Ivy League Selections|
|18 First Team, 18 Second Team*, 8 HM*|
|*prior to 2003 is incomplete|