Mark Bolding concluded his 11th season as the head coach of the Norwich University varsity women's ice hockey program in 2017-18. He has been the driving force behind the team's rapid ascension to the top of the Division III women's hockey ranks that culminated in 2011 with the Cadets winning their first national championship with a 5-2 win over RIT in only their fourth season. Norwich won its second national championship in 2018 with a 2-1 victory over Elmira College at home in Kreitzberg Arena.
Bolding has guided the Cadets to a 245-62-20 record in 11 seasons and was named the American Hockey Coaches' Association (AHCA) National "Coach of the Year" three straight seasons in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He won again for a fourth time in 2018 as well after guiding Norwich to its seventh NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearance in 11 years. He won his 200th career game on Nov. 18 in an 8-0 win over Saint Michael's to become just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III women's hockey history to accomplish the feat.
Under Bolding, the Norwich women's hockey team has quickly asserted itself as one the premier programs in the country. He has coached 52 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) All-Conference players, 25 All-New England Hockey Writers All-Stars and 17 AHCA All-Americans in Amanda Wilks (2009, 2012), Sophie Leclerc (2011), Jillayne DeBus (2012), Sarianne Lynn (2012), Julie Fortier (2012), Kayla Parsons (2013), Tori Charron (2013, 2014), Marie-Philip Guay (2014), Kaycie Anderson (2015), Taylor Cross (2015), Kim Tiberi (2017, 2018) and Sarah Schwenzfeier (2017), Robyn Foley (2018) and Amanda Conway (2018).
Bolding has guided Norwich to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, eight NEHC Tournament titles since 2009 and six straight NEHC regular season championships from 2011 to 2016. In 2013-14, NU became the first team in NEHC history to finish with a perfect record of 16-0-0. The Cadets accomplished that feat again in 2017-18 with a 14-0-0 mark.
Over the last eight seasons, Norwich has gone 126-5-4 against NEHC league opponents.
Prior to his current post, Bolding served two stints as an assistant coach for the Norwich men's hockey team under successful mentor Mike McShane.
Bolding was the men's top assistant coach during 1995-96 season, and helped recruit one of the finest recruiting classes in Norwich hockey history including the likes of Marc Bellemare, Curt Healey, Mike Ludwar, Bryce Herperger and Jason Lumsden. After a few years away from Norwich working in the engineering consulting industry, Bolding returned to Norwich in 1998 to become an assistant coach to the men's team. In addition to his coaching position, Bolding also served as the marketing director and manager for Kreitzberg Arena, and he sold over 650 season tickets during the team's first year in the building. During the 1999-2000 season, Bolding helped the Norwich men win its first national championship, with a dramatic 2-1 win over Wisconsin-Superior.
A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Bolding was a standout defenseman during his collegiate playing days at Norwich, serving as the team captain for three of his four seasons. Bolding finished his NU career with 94 points. His 73 assists put him alongside the all-time career assist leaders at the school. In 2005, Bolding was inducted into the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame. He now serves as NU Hall of Fame Committee member.
A 1995 Norwich graduate, Bolding holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi fraternities during his undergraduate days. He held engineering positions in Chicago, Boston and Montpelier, Vt., before returning to Norwich University as the Director of Engineering Admissions.
Bolding and his wife Kari (also a NU graduate) reside in Northfield with their five children: Christian, Corinne, Dayne, Kylee and Makenna.