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.
Assistant Coach, Women's Hockey
Chris Cobb has been named assistant coach of women's hockey at Williams.
Prior to Williams, Cobb has spent the past five seasons as head
coach of the University of Massachusetts Amherst women’s
hockey team. The last three years, Cobb has also simultaneously
been the assistant coach of the Amherst College women’s
hockey team. Cobb also has experience coaching peewee boys hockey
for three seasons and 10 years of ice hockey officiating.
In Cobb’s five years at UMass, he turned around a program that won only four games in the season prior to his arrival and went 68-48-13 in five seasons, including three ECWHL Championship game appearances, two ACHA Final Four appearances and one ECWHL Championship. Under Cobb’s tutelage his players earned numerous awards including seventeen All-ECWHL, seven All-Americans, and one National Player of the Year Award. Amherst went 63-14-7 during Cobb’s tenure including two NCAA appearances, and three NESCAC championship game appearances including winning the 2010 NESCAC and NCAA DIII National Championship.
Cobb was selected in 2010 as the ACHA women’s select team coach. He coached the team on a tour of France and Switzerland in which they played games against various professional teams.
A native of Swanton, Vermont, Cobb graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology including studying abroad in Australia after an injury forced his retirement from playing hockey. Cobb also earned a Masters degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2011.
Cobb has also coached various camps including, USA Hockey National Camp, Notre Dame Female Showcase, Cutting Edge Hockey, and ACHA select camps.
Cobb resides in Williamstown with his Siberian Husky Stanley.