Strategies for Efficient Line Changes, with Tara Watchorn

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“We focus on how to change with possession so that you create an energy mismatch and increase your chances of scoring.”

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In episode #250 of the Glass and Out Podcast, we welcome Head Coach of the Boston University Women's Team, Tara Watchorn.

She is in the midst of her first season of leading her alma mater and is only the second coach in the program’s history, taking over from the coach she both played for, and who brought her back as a Assistant Coach, Brian Durocher. 

You can catch her this June at TCS Live, hockey's premiere coaching conference.

Listen as she shares her strategy on making efficient line changes, why it's important to let player's become leaders of their own career, and how the PWHL has impacted the aspirations of young female players.


  • 0:00 Gameday routine and preparing players
  • 4:25 Strategies for efficient line changes
  • 6:15 Implementing a team process
  • 8:25 Measuring success
  • 10:45 Applying lessons learned from playing days
  • 13:15 Onboarding players into an NCAA environment
  • 16:20 Teaching team defence
  • 18:40 Impact of PWHL
  • 21:20 Physicality of women's game
  • 23:50 Canada-USA rivalry
  • 26:15 Experience coaching at Stonehill
  • 31:25 Drawing leadership inspiration from husband
  • 33:20 Coaching Canada at the U18s
  • 38:40 Developing skating skills/Important youth skills
  • 43:30 Hockey Canada coaches collaboration
  • 46:00 Love for coaching
  • 47:50 Maintaining standards
  • 51:05 International growth of the game
  • 53:00 Inspiration from basketball

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