Head Coach Jim Plumer
Amherst head coach Jim Plumer arrived at the college for the 2003-04 season, and immediately led the team to a then-record 13 wins and in just four short years, Plumer has already captured the most wins in program history and molded Amherst into a national contender. In what is by far the best single season in program history, Plumer led the Lord Jeffs to a 20-7-3 record in 2006-07 and their first-ever NESCAC conference championship as Amherst upset powerhouse Middlebury in triple overtime. Amherst also played in its first NCAA National Tournament in 06-07, advancing into the Division III Frozen Four. For his efforts, Plumer was recognized as the 2006-07 NESCAC Coach of the Year, and was also named runner-up for the Division III National Coach of the Year.
Before arriving at Amherst, Plumer spent three seasons as an assistant at one of the top Division III women's hockey programs in the nation, NESCAC rival Bowdoin College. Plumer and Bowdoin were no strangers to success, as he helped coach the Polar Bears to a 62-12-7 record, a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances, the 2002-03 regular season conference title and the 2001-02 NESCAC Tournament championship. While at Bowdoin, working under 2002-03 Division III Coach of the Year Michele Amidon, Plumer was a vital cog on a staff that produced five First-Team All-America selections and was recognized with back-to-back NESCAC Coach of the Year honors.
Plumer, a Master Level coach within USA Hockey, has worked and continues to coach at a variety of high-level camps and showcases, including the Rinksport College Prep Program at URI, the NAHA Showcase (Burlington, VT), NAHA Camps (Stowe, VT), Pacific Steelers College Showcase (Vancouver, BC) and Connecticut Stars College Week. In the past few years, Plumer has also coached at the USA Hockey New England Regional Camp.
Plumer gained his first coaching experience as a student-assistant at his alma mater, Colby College, where he graduated in 1983 with a degree in psychology. He went on to coach girls' hockey and co-ed track at North Yarmouth Academy before hiring on at Bowdoin.