GM Karilyn Pilch, Head Coach Paul Mara SignMulti-Year Contracts with the Boston Pride

by NWHL Media


April 8, 2020 – The Boston Pride of the NWHL announced today that they have signed general manager Karilyn Pilch and head coach Paul Mara to multi-year contracts. 

Pilch and Mara are key parts of the leadership team of the Pride, who went 23-1 to win the NWHL’s regular season title and advanced to the Isobel Cup Final.

“We have a lot of confidence in Karilyn Pilch and Paul Mara, whose passion, dedication, and knowledge are unmatched,” said Boston Pride President Hayley Moore. “The Pride thrive off of hard work and selflessness, a culture that has been developed by their leadership. Our organization is really proud that they will lead the Pride for seasons to come.”

Pilch is entering her second season with the club in 2020-21. A former goaltender at Boston University, she later served as an assistant coach at Saint Anselm College for seven seasons. Pilch then returned to BU as the team’s director of hockey operations. She has also worked for USA Hockey as a District Coach and evaluator since 2011.

“After a season of being inspired and motivated by the performance of our players and staff, and witnessing the passion of our fans, I am thrilled to resume my role as GM of the Pride,” said Pilch. “Our organization has great expectations for the future. It is an honor for me to continue to work in professional women's hockey in the city of Boston, and Paul and I welcome the challenge of building a Cup contender.”

Prior to being named head coach of the Pride in 2018, Mara was the assistant coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. In 2018, he helped guide Team USA to an Olympic Gold Medal. Prior to his coaching career, Mara had a long and outstanding career as a defenseman in the NHL. The seventh overall selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Mara played in 734 NHL games and produced 253 points with a total of six franchises. He also played in three IIHF World Junior Championships for Team USA.

“I believe in the Boston Pride, the NWHL, all of the players, and everyone advancing women’s hockey in our rising professional league,” said Mara. "I am committed to continuing to build our Pride into a perennial Isobel Cup contender and a team everyone in the Boston community is proud to support."

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Contact: Chris Botta, NWHL