Meghan Gillis was named the head coach of women's ice hockey at
Williams College on May 27, 2011. Gillis spent the previous
two years at Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT) as an assistant director
of admissions, head girls’ ice hockey coach, and assistant
Pomfret compiled a 21-16-9 record during Gillis' tenure. In her first year as head coach, Pomfret advanced to the Division I playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Prior to Pomfret, Gillis spent one year as an assistant women's ice hockey coach at Amherst College, where the Jeffs captured the program's first NCAA Division III Championship. While at Amherst, Gillis received her Master's of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management.
A native of Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia), Gillis graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a major in government and legal studies and a minor in English. She worked, taught and coached at her high school alma mater, Hebron Academy (Hebron, ME), following graduation.
A highly decorated women's ice hockey player at Bowdoin, Gillis was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, as her 24 goals and 19 assists left her with the highest point total both on her team and among conference rookies.
In her four years on the ice, Gillis earned three All-NESCAC Team honors and one All-America selection, graduating from Bowdoin with 154 career points, good for third on the program's all-time scoring list. The Polar Bears were a combined 75-26-1 (.740) during Gillis' time, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the NESCAC finals three times and winning the conference title once.
In her first year at the helm of the Ephs Gillis fashioned an overall record of 11-14 nearly tripling the win total of the Ephs in 2010-11 (4-17-1).
The Ephs battled throughout the 2011-12 pushing nationally ranked Amherst to their limit, before succumbing 1-0 in February. The 2011-12 season ended in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on the road at Bowdoin in a hard-fought OT affair that Bowdoin captured 3-2.
Junior defenseman Sam Weinstein earned Second Team All-NESCAC recognition in 2011-12, becoming the first Eph player to earn all-conference honors since the 2008-09 season.