Walpole, MA - After completing the inaugural season at the reins of the Walpole Express’ NEWJHL program, Boston University’s Anya Battaglino has moved on, launching a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Everyone within the Express organization wishes her well as she enters this next phase. “Anya has helped launch and grow the junior girl’s program into a force in the league thanks to her dedication,” said Walpole Express Owner Rob Barletta. “She will bring that same dedication to her new career.”
Stepping in as new head coach is Danielle Doherty, a skilled forward from Newton, Mass. who played D1 hockey for the Boston College Eagles, and is currently a graduate student at the school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Human Development in May 2014 and is currently finishing up her master’s in Special Education.
While at BC, she went to the Frozen Four in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015; won the Beanpot Championship in 2011 and 2014; captured the Hockey East Championship in 2011, and won the Hockey East Regular Season Title in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to matriculating at BC, Doherty played one year for Newton North High School and then three years for Lawrence Academy, where she was varsity hockey captain and All-League selection in 2009-2010. Earlier in her playing career she won two national championships – in 2007 and 2008 – with Assabet Valley. An all-around athlete, Doherty also played varsity field hockey from 2006-2009 (2007 and 2008 Honorable Mention, 2008 New England champion and 2009 All-League and team captain), as well as varsity softball (2007 Honorable Mention) and varsity lacrosse.
While excelling on the ice – and the field – Doherty has enjoyed a rich athletic career. But she’s also suffered some dramatic lows, tearing the labrum in her right hip while at BC and being forced to redshirt for a season while rehabbing. Unfortunately, just as she was getting back to full strength, she suffered another debilitating injury, re-tearing her labrum while also tearing the labrum in her left hip. A second - and third - surgery meant another lost season of college hockey. Worse, she lost a year of eligibility since redshirting allows athletes to make up for only a single lost season, not two.
Still, she kept a positive attitude, attended games, watching from the stands. It afforded her a unique perspective, one that translates well to her coaching career. She could see from a distance what worked, what didn’t, the total picture. And she understood firsthand how to overcome extreme adversity. She brings this hard-won experience, keen hockey sense and boundless enthusiasm to the Walpole Express for the 2015-2016 season.
"I cannot express how excited I am to join such a great organization, “Doherty said. “I can't wait to get started with such an incredible group of girls and help develop them into the players they want to become.”
“We are more than thrilled that Danielle has joined the Walpole Express coaching staff,” Barletta said. “We have every confidence that she will do a remarkable job helping the girls develop their skills on the ice, as well as serving as a positive role model.”