Meghan Gillis was named the head coach of women's ice hockey at Williams College on May 27, 2011. In her first year at the helm of the Ephs Gillis fashioned an overall record of 11-14 nearly tripling the win total of the Ephs in 2010-11 (4-17-1).
The Ephs battled throughout 2011-12, pushing nationally ranked Amherst to their limit, before succumbing 1-0 in February. The 2011-12 season ended in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on the road at Bowdoin in a hard-fought OT affair that Bowdoin captured 3-2. The following season would come to an end in a similar fashion.
Gillis would take the program to the next level in 2014, leading the team to the first NESCAC championship title in Eph history. The team would be crowned at home in Lansing Chapman Rink after earning the right to host the championships for the first time in the history of the tournament. The notable season would come to an end in the national quarter final game with a loss to the evental 2014 national champion, ending the Eph season with 15 wins.
Two players under Gillis have been named First Team All-American and three have earned All-Conference recognition. Additionally, after the 2013-2014 season, Eph players collected NESCAC Player of the Year and NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. Gillis herself was named NESCAC Coach of the Year after leading her team to the conference title.
Before Williams, Gillis spent two years at Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT) as an assistant director of admissions, head girls’ ice hockey coach, and assistant softball coach. Pomfret compiled a 21-16-9 record during Gillis' tenure. In her first year as head coach, Pomfret advanced to the Division I playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Prior to Pomfret, Gillis spent one year as an assistant women's ice hockey coach at Amherst College, where the Jeffs captured the program's first NCAA Division III Championship. While at Amherst, Gillis received her Master's of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management.
A native of Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia), Gillis graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 with a major in government and legal studies and a minor in English. A highly decorated women's ice hockey player at Bowdoin, Gillis was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, as her 24 goals and 19 assists left her with the highest point total both on her team and among conference rookies.
In her four years on the ice, Gillis earned three All-NESCAC Team honors and one All-America selection, graduating from Bowdoin with 154 career points, good for third on the program's all-time scoring list. The Polar Bears were a combined 75-26-1 (.740) during Gillis' time, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the NESCAC finals three times and winning the conference title once.
2014 - NESCAC Champions
2014 - NESCAC Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year
2014 - Finalist for Division III Coach of the Year
2 - First Team All-Americans