The Officers and Governors of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) have announced their major award winners for 2014. All honorees will be presented their awards at the 2014 AHCA Convention in Naples, FL, April 30 to May 4, 2014. The Celebration of Women's Hockey will be held on Friday evening, May 2, while the Celebration of Men's Hockey will take place on Saturday evening, May 3. Both events will be hosted at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club and sponsored by USA Hockey.
This year's recipients are:
THE JOHN MACINNES AWARD: Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honor former Michigan Tech coach, John MacInnes, this award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men.
2014 Recipient: Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence University
Joe Marsh spent 26 years behind the St. Lawrence University bench and forged one of the most successful coaching careers in U.S. college history. Not only was he successful with wins and championships, but he was also one of the most revered and admired coaches of his generation. He coached twelve of the fourteen 20+ win seasons in St. Lawrence history, produced ECAC championship teams in 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000 and 2001, and took teams to eight ECAC tournament championship game appearances. His 1988 team was NCAA runner-up and he took a total of eight teams to NCAA tournament play. His career record in Canton was 468-399-72, the 468 wins ranking 26th all-time at the start of this season.
"At St. Lawrence, we do not measure a coach's work solely by the length of a career, the number of victories, or the championship banners draped from the rafters, though Joe Marsh has earned the luster of many positive statistics," said St. Lawrence President William Fox in a statement. "Rather, we appreciate and admire Joe's success because it was all about being a teacher first, who had lessons, values and examples to impart. Our men's hockey program, so distinctive from all others, is nationally renowned – and an important part of Joe's legacy is the number of alumni who have gone into professional coaching. St. Lawrence is immensely grateful."
Marsh, who received the AHCA's Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Coach of the Year in 1989 and again in 2000, was responsible for launching the careers of many former players and assistant coaches. Among his former assistants are Mark Morris, now coach of the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League; Don Vaughan, head coach at Colgate; Paul Flanagan, head women's coach at Syracuse; Pierre Maguire, NBC hockey analyst; and Jay Heinbuck, director of scouting for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three of his former players are Division I head coaches: Bob Prier at Princeton and Chris Wells, coach of the St. Lawrence women's program, and Greg Carvel, who succeeded Marsh at SLU.
Among Marsh's many accomplishments, he received the Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Coach of the Year on four different occassions, more than any other coach in ECAC history. A native of Lynn, Mass., Marsh briefly attended Boston College and then was graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he played for the legendary coach Charlie Holt, before his career was shortened by injury.
2014 Recipient: Don "Toot" Cahoon, Lehigh, Norwich, Boston University, Princeton and Massachusetts
Don "Toot" Cahoon served 11 years as the head coach of the University of Massachusetts hockey program, the longest tenure of a unique and successful 25-year coaching career. Under his guidance, UMass achieved its best season in school history in 2006-07 capped by a berth to the NCAA Tournament and the Minutemen's first NCAA tournament win.
Part of the success that Cahoon brought to UMass was due to several All-American players during his tenure. Four of the seven All-Americans in program history have come during Cahoon's 11 years in Amherst: Thomas Pock (2004), Jon Quick (2007), James Marcou (2009) and Justin Braun (2010). Additionally, Pock and Quick also represented the program as participants in the Winter Olympics. Pock played for Austria in 2002 and was named to the2014 squad, while Quick earned a spot on Team USA in 2010 and again for the 2014 Games.
While at UMass, he was named Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2003 and was the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. His career mark as a college hockey head coach was 333-380-73.
Cahoon came to UMass from Princeton, where he rebuilt the Tigers struggling hockey program. He led the Tigers to their first-ever ECAC Tournament title, as well as the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998, and produced five seasons of 18-plus wins over the last nine years.
Prior to his head coaching position at Princeton, Cahoon served as an assistant under Jack Parker at Boston University, helping guide the Terriers to the 1990-91 NCAA national championship game, which they eventually lost in three overtimes. The 1990-91 season at Boston University marked Cahoon's third stint as an assistant with the Terriers. He was also an assistant there from 1974-79 and during the 1987-88 season. Cahoon was primarily responsible for recruiting the players on the 1977-78 team that won the NCAA championship.
He began his coaching career as the head coach at Lehigh University (1973-74) where he guided the Engineers to the Mid-Atlantic Conference title with a 10-5-2 record before moving on to Boston University as an assistant coach. Cahoon then became the head coach at Norwich University from 1979-82, where he compiled a 48-35-2 record while leading Norwich to the ECAC Division II playoffs in each of his three seasons. In 1982, Cahoon went overseas to serve as the director of hockey operations and head coach of the Vienna Ice Club in the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation where he led the team to a 23-12-2 record. He returned to the United States the following season as an assistant at the University of Lowell, where he stayed until 1986.
Cahoon has also enjoyed success coaching various national teams for USA Hockey as well as serving as a profesional scout. He also works as a color commentator on college hockey broadcasts for the New England Sports Network.
A 1972 graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in education, Cahoon played left wing for the Terriers, earning two national championship rings as an instrumental part of both the 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams. Following his career with the Terriers, Cahoon represented the United States at the 1972 World Championships, helping the national team to capture the silver medal in Bucharest, Romania. He then signed a contract with the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association after graduation.
Born in Lynn, Mass., Cahoon graduated from Marblehead High School before attending Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H.
2014 Recipient: Steve Mattson, Norwich University
In Steve Mattson's 14 years at Norwich University the Cadets have won 13 straight ECAC regular season titles, 8 ECAC tournament titles, 8 trips to the NCAA Final Four and two NCAA National Championships. He has been involved in the recruitment of two NHL'ers, 24 All-Americans, two Sid Watson (National Player of the Year) recipients and two Joe Concannon (Best American-born D-II/III player in New England) recipients. Among his many duties Steve assists head coach Mike McShane in game plan and practice preparation, while also serving as the lead recruiter. He spends considerable time on the road watching perspective student-athletes throughout the United States and Canada.
Off the ice, Steve is the founder of the G.O.A.L.S. (Gain Opportunities Apply Learning Skills) program. The program partners Norwich players with young Vermont students to learn how to achieve goals. In 2005, Norwich was awarded the Josten's Award of Merit, in recognition of the outstanding community service project performed by the institutions student athletes.
A native of Weston, Massachusetts, he graduated from Norwich University in 1977 after transferring from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Masters of Education from St. Michael's College where his coaching career began as an assistant in 1993.
2014 Recipient: Joe McCabe, Don Bosco and Boston College H.S. (MA)
Joe McCabe retired as head hockey coach at Boston College High School after a 22-year tenure in which he presided over one of the most renowned programs in Massachusetts. With McCabe on the bench, the Eagles claimed Super 8 titles (the top level in Massachusetts) in 1996 and 2002, and then won back-toback championships in 2006 and '07. They also took home a Division 1 state championship in 1994. A 2010 inductee into the Massachusetts High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame, McCabe was an excellent playoff coach during his BC High career, going 49-19 in Super 8 games (a .720 winning percentage). As excellent as any of McCabe's teams could be, their consistency was just as remarkable. The Eagles made it to the Division 1A tournament 15 times, and didn't miss it once between 1995 and 2008. McCabe also coached two seasons at Don Bosco High School, a Super 8 participant in 1992, and served as an assistant coach at Matignon High School to another Mariucci Award winner, Marty Pierce, for 13 years, winning seven Division 1 titles, before landing his first head-coaching job. McCabe, who played at Boston State College, continues to serve as B.C. High's assistant athletic director.
2014 Recipient: Tim McNeill, Notre Dame
While Tim McNeill was Lefty Smith's first assistant coach when founding Notre Dame Hockey, his greatest contribution was off the ice. He helped numerous hockey players navigate the academic waters as an academic advisor in the Office of the First-Year of Studies at Notre Dame. Also, he helped found the Irish Youth Hockey League whose most accomplished alumnus is his son, Mike, who played for Quebec and Chicago (NHL) and represented USA Hockey in the Goodwill Games. During his retirement and over the past two years, Tim was a coaching consultant for the Notre Dame Staff.
2014 Recipient: Mary Ann Robinson, Wisconsin Amateur Hockey
Mary Ann Robinson has been involved and dedicated to girl's hockey development for over 20 years. One of the highlights of her career was creating and developing a state wide girls program in Wisconsin in 1999. A large part of this program was the introduction of development camps. Mary Ann was instrumental in creating five tryout sites within the state, notifying potential players, inviting evaluators and finishing with a weeklong camp for 68 players. This camp then selected 31 players to go on to the USA Central District Camp. This program has been instrumental in the development of many collegians, USA National team and Olympic players such as Jessie Vetter, Molly Engstrom, Jinelle Zaugg, Amanda Kessel and Brianna Decker to name a few from the state of Wisconsin. She has also served USA Hockey in numerous capacities from USA National Tournament Director (2006-2009), Camp Director for Girls USAH National Player Development Camp (2001-2009) in Lake Placid and St. Cloud, MN, USAH Team Host for Team Sweden in 2004 during the Four Nations Tournament in Lake Placid, NY, Team Host for Team Canada in 2005 during US tour and was in charge of the 7 team hosts for the IIHF U18 Worlds, April 2010, Chicago, IL. Robinson's non-hockey activities include serving as a part-time reading teacher to developmentally disabled 7th and 8th grade students. She worked with the Service League of Manitowoc County, was president from 1994-1998, and received their highest award for volunteerism.
2014 Recipient: Margaret "Digit" Murphy, Brown University
As a coach for the Brown University Bears for almost 20 years, 18 of which were as head coach, "Digit" Murphy has consistently demonstrated her support and contributions, not only to the Brown program, but to the game at large. It's been her battles and victories that have put Brown Hockey where it is today. Her history in the game of Women's Hockey is long. Often colorful, Digit's charge has always been with a single purpose, the positive growth and development of the sport for every female athlete wanting to play.
She has served on numerous committees within her own conference and for the NCAA. Even after her years at Brown, she remained a spokesman for the girls and women through her work with the Boston Blades and the Islanders program north of Boston. She is clearly a leader in the field and one that coaches have taken great pride in being associated with. Digit's passion and commitment goes beyond the demanding role as head coach. She always makes time to continue the grass roots development of women's hockey by reaching out into the community.
Seven years ago, she co-developed a state-wide, all-girl youth hockey program starting with free clinics to get young women interested in the sport. She led the charge to establish girls' varsity hockey in Rhode Island public schools and sponsors a summer development league for high school players. She has always encouraged players to give back to the community by having them participate in various volunteer programs for kids outside of the college culture. The impact Digit Murphy has had on the sport of Women's Ice Hockey is profound.
2014 Recipient: Danielle Bilodeau, Cornell University
Danielle Bilodeau came to Cornell in 2006, joining a program that had struggled as one of the bottom teams in both the Ivy League and ECAC for a decade. Since her arrival at Cornell, the Big Red has become a national contender. She was instrumental in the recruitment of the Class of 2011, a class that helped the Big Red to a pair of NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2010 and 2011. Cornell has also won the Ivy League Championships the last four years, and ECAC Championships three of the past four seasons, which had never been done before in Cornell Women's Hockey history. She also assisted in the recruitment of over ten members of the Canadian U22 National Team over the past six seasons. Cornell has had five different players collect a total of eight All-America awards, including two-time first-team selection Laura Fortino. Cornell has also had eight players named as nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Award, with three of them - Rebecca Johnston twice and Laura Fortino and Brianne Jenner once - being selected as top 10 finalists for the award.
She was an assistant coach at Princeton for four years and in her final year Princeton had it's first ever NCAA tournament appearance. During those years, the Tigers also won at least 20 games three times and posted a combined record of 77-37-9.
Said Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh in nominating Bilodeau, "When you boil it down to the most basic level, no other assistant coach has been as successful at helping to build two separate programs the way the she has done, both at Princeton and Cornell. Neither program has been as successful at any point in their history than when Coach Bilodeau was a part of both programs."