Colonial Hockey Foundation

Head Coach Logan Bittle

Logan Bittle was named head coach of the RMU women’s hockey program March 3, 2022. No stranger to RMU hockey, however, as both a former student-athlete and coach, Bittle will be in his first season leading the Colonials when they return to the ice in 2023-24.

Bittle, a native of Peoria, Ill., returns to RMU after spending the last year as head coach of the Pens Elite 19U Girls Prep and 16U Girls teams. Prior to joining Pens Elite, Bittle spent 10 years at RMU, the first four as an assistant coach and the last six as associate head coach.

During his first stint with the Colonials, Bittle was instrumental in turning RMU into a national power in women’s hockey. Over his final five seasons as associate head coach from 2016 to 2021, the Colonials compiled an overall record of 97-47-21 (.651), including a 66-22-11 (.722) mark in College Hockey America (CHA). RMU claimed three consecutive CHA regular-season championships (2017, 2018, 2019) and appeared in a pair of NCAA Tournaments (2017, 2021). The Colonials also claimed their first CHA Tournament crown in 2012, Bittle’s second season as an assistant coach with the program.

Bittle is a 2008 graduate of RMU, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management. He was a student-athlete for the first team in hockey history for the Colonials in 2004-05 . Upon completion of his collegiate career at RMU, Bittle played professionally for the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and the New Jersey Rockhoppers of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) before turning his attention to coaching.

Bittle and former RMU netminder Brianne McLaughlin, the first goalie in the history of the women’s program for the Colonials, were married in July of 2013. McLaughlin is a two-time Olympic medalist, and the couple have two children, Carter and Baker.  

Assistant Coach Liam Cavanaugh

Liam Cavanagh returns for his fifth season with the Robert Morris University Women’s Ice Hockey team. The assistant coach returned to the Colonials in 2022 after spending two years with the Dalhousie Tigers (USports) as an Assistant Coach.

Cavanagh is back in familiar territory, as he previously served three years with Colonials as Director of Hockey Operations, in which RMU claimed two consecutive CHA regular-season championships (2018, 2019) while appearing in the CHA Playoff Championship all three of these seasons.

Prior to RMU, Liam earned his BBA from Acadia University in 2017 with a focus in Marketing and Finance, followed by his Master’s Degree in Organization Leadership with a focus in non-profit leadership and data analytics at Robert Morris University in 2019.

Cavanagh’s operational hockey career started at UMass Boston, where he was the Director of Hockey Operations for the Beacons Division III men’s hockey program for two seasons. During the 2015-16 season, Cavanagh was part of the staff that helped UMass Boston to its first conference regular season and tournament titles since 1982 and the program’s first NCAA Frozen Four appearance.

A native of Nova Scotia, he was also the founder and CEO of several startup companies including lifestyle brands that focused on charitable efforts rather than profit-making.

 

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Assistant Coach Jordan Lipson

Jordan Lipson enters her first season with the Robert Morris University Women’s Ice Hockey team as an assistant coach. Lipson spent the previous season at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, overseeing the defense.

She began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Williams College in Western Massachusetts. During her five-year stint (four seasons due to Covid), Lipson helped guide the Ephs to a 55-32-14 record, including capturing the NESCAC championship during the 2018-19 season. The Ephs would go on to host and win their first program NCAA game the same year. While coaching at Williams College, Lipson earned her masters degree in coaching and athletics administration from the University of Concordia Irvine in the spring of 2021.

The Davis, California native graduated from Plattsburgh State in 2017 with a major in history and double minors in coaching and political science. Jordan is part of a storied history at Plattsburgh State, winning four NCAA National Championships and four ECAC West Championships in her career (2014-2017). Lipson’s class was the first class ever to win four National Championships in DIII women’s hockey history.

Lipson’s individual accolades include eclipsing the 100 point milestone, East-West Classic All-Tournament Team – Spring 2017, ECAC All-Conference Team Honorable Mention – Spring 2016 and 2017, and first in DIII for power play goals (tying a Plattsburgh state record with 10 PPG).

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