Colby’s MacDonald AHCA Coach Of The Year
Colby College hockey coach Blaise MacDonald received his American Hockey Coaches Association/AHCA National D-III Coach of the Year Award last night at the annual convention in Florida.
MacDonald led the Mules to a NESCAC conference title and then kept winning all the way to the NCAA D-III Frozen Four. Colby lost in the national semi-final to eventual national champ St. Norbert 4-3.
The Mules finished the season a school best 17-11-2 and finished #6 in final USCHO national poll.
MacDonald has coached at Colby for six seasons. He spent time before Colby as head coach at Niagara and UMass Lowell.
The AHCA convention brings college coaches, along with amateur coaches and others who have a stake in hockey. Coaches discuss rule changes, legislation, tournament issues.
NOTE: Among the featured speakers this week is former UMaine Black Bear Jack Capuano. He is the former head coach of the New York Islanders and spent this past NHL season as associate head coach of the Florida Panthers.
Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
|1970||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1994||Jeff Meredith, Fredonia|
|1971||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1995||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1972||Jack Canniff, Massachusetts||1996||Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls|
|1973||Jim Cross, Vermont||1997||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1974||Barry Urbanski, Boston State||1998||Mike Schwartz, Augsburg|
|1975||Wendall Forbes, Middlebury||1999||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1976||Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus||2000||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1977||Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell||2001||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1978||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||2002||Dan Stauber, WI-Superior|
|1979||Don Brose, Mankato State||2003||George Roll, Oswego State|
|1980||Steve Stirling, Babson||2004||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1981||Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State||2005||Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas|
|1982||Steve Stirling, Babson||2006||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1983||Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State||2007||Ed Gosek, Oswego State|
|Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross||2008||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1984||Bob Peters, Bemidji State||2009||Dominick Dawes, Neumann College|
|1985||Rob Riley, Babson||2010||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1986||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2011||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1987||Tony Mariano, Norwich||2012||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1988||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2013||Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire|
|1989||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2014||Chris Schultz, Geneseo|
|1990||Bill Beaney, Middlebury||2015||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1991||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2016||Chris Schultz, Geneseo
Peter Belisle, UMass Boston
|1992||Bruce Marshall, Connecticut||2017||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1993||Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point||2018||Blaise MacDonald, Colby College|