Dave Flint has been the head coach of the women’s hockey team at Northeastern University since 2008 and has led that program to a 287-137-41 record over thirteen seasons that have included six trips to the NCAA tournament and one trip to the NCAA championship game, making him one of the most successful coaches in women’s hockey.
Flint, 51, grew up in Merrimack and played his college hockey at Division 3 North Adams State College, graduating in 1993.
His coaching career began at St. Anselm College, where he spent thirteen years in various roles. After serving as assistant coach to the men’s hockey team for seven years, Flint was the school’s first ever women’s hockey coach in 2003 and was charged with overseeing the program’s transition to varsity status.
In their first varsity season, the Hawks went 21-3-1 record and won an ECAC Open championship. The Hawks then won back-to-back ECAC Open titles in Flint’s final two seasons (2006-08), and led the nation in scoring defense in three of his four seasons at the helm of the varsity program. Three times he was named ECAC East Coach of the Year.
Flint was named Northeastern’s head coach in 2008. During his tenure, the Huskies have won five Hockey East tournament championships and played in six NCAA tournaments. This past season, they went 31-5-2, won Hockey East and lost to Minnesota-Duluth in double overtime in the NCAA semifinals.
In 2020-21 he was named the national Division 1 Coach of the Year after guiding NU to the national championship game. He has been named the Hockey East Coach of the Year four times (2012, 2019, 2020, 2021) and, under his tutelage, Kendall Coyne won the Patty Kazmaier as the NCAA top player in 2016 and Aerin Frankel won the award in 2021.
Since 2005, Flint has also been a member of the USA Hockey coaching staff. In 2008, he was appointed the goaltending coach and advisor for the women’s national program, where he evaluated and instructed goaltenders at all levels.
He was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team that won the Silver Medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, as well as the Gold Medal winning team at the 2008 World Championship in Harbin, China and the 2009 World Championships in Hameenlinna, Finland. Flint also served as an assistant coach to the U.S. Select Team that participated in the Four Nations Cup in 2009.