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. In just six years, Plumer has captured the most wins in program history and molded Amherst into a national powerhouse. After posting back-to-back 20-win seasons and qualifying for a pair of NCAA Tournaments, Plumer was named the AHCA National Coach of the Year for leading the Lord Jeffs to the 2009 national title and a 24-5-0 record. During their title run the Jeffs defeated two-time defending champion Plattsburgh State in the opening round, three-time national champion Middlebury in the semifinals, and two-time champ Elmira in the title game, a 4-3 overtime thriller. Regular season highlights included a 16-0 record in NESCAC play, the program's first ever No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and a No. 1 ranking in the USCHO national poll on Dec. 8.
During what was previously 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 championship as Amherst upset powerhouse Middlebury in triple overtime to mark the longest game in Division III women's ice hockey history. Amherst also played in its first NCAA Tournament in 2007, advancing to the Division III national semifinals. 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.
Similar success came in the 2007-08 season, when Amherst racked up another 20 wins (20-4-4), went unbeaten in NESCAC play (12-0-4) and claimed a second consecutive conference title. The Jeffs entered the 2008 NCAA Tournament boasting a 17-game unbeaten streak as one of the hottest teams in country and were selected to host a first-round game for the first time in program history, but they were upset on their home ice by Elmira, 3-2. Amherst finished the year with a No. 3 national ranking on USCHO.com.
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.
Plumer will welcome a new assistant coach to the 2009-10 team, as Meghan Gillis and Marissa O'Neil accepted new coaching positions during the offseason.
Jim Plumer's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (7th season, 118-57-16 overall)