Amanda Trunzo will begin her first season as Mike Carroll’s lead assistant within the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team.
A 2011 graduate of Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) where she was a standout forward on the Big Green women’s hockey team, Trunzo brings a decorated hockey resume to one of the premier programs in NCAA Division III.
A native of Andover, Minnesota, Amanda played hockey at Andover High School for three seasons before eventually transferring to Benilde-St. Margaret’s following her sophomore year. She played two seasons for the Red Knights and graduated in 2007 after a brilliant preps career during which she amassed over 300 career points. A team captain her senior season, Trunzo was a finalist for Minnesota Miss Hockey (2007), and was a two-time member of the All-State, All-Conference and All-Metro Teams.
Following high school, Trunzo attended Dartmouth where she went on to put together a stellar four-year collegiate career playing under Head Coach Mark Hudak. While a member of the Big Green women’s hockey team, Amanda played in a total of 124 games and amassed 127 points off 68 goals and 59 assists. She became the 32nd player in program history to score 100 points and finished her career ranked 16th in scoring, eighth in career goals, and fourth in career postseason goals. Trunzo was also a Patty Kazmaier Award (Best Female Hockey Player in the Country) nominee during her sophomore season when she scored a career-high 22 goals and 42 points. She was named the ECAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2008, earned third team All-ECAC honors in 2009, and garnered a spot on the All-Ivy League second team in 2011. In 2010, Trunzo was invited to play for the Under-22 National Team at the USA Hockey Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y. After a week of development camp, the team played an international series against Canada in Toronto.
Dartmouth won the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 2009 and made it to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2008, 2009, and 2011. During her tenure in Hanover, the Big Green compiled an overall record of 72-45-6 and finished runner-up in the Ivy League three seasons.
After receiving degrees in psychology and sociology from Dartmouth, Amanda moved back to Minnesota and into the high school coaching ranks. She served as the assistant varsity coach at Eden Prairie High School (2011-12) before becoming the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at her alma mater, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (2012-13). Most recently, Trunzo was an assistant coach under Rob Morgan at St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wis.) during the 2013-14 season.
Off the ice, Amanda has worked as the girls director at FHIT Hockey, a personal trainer at Steele Fitness, and a camp coordinator at the Elite Hockey Camp.