LEWISTON, MAINE —The 2013-14 Geneseo State hockey team won the SUNYAC regular season title for the first time since 1991, setting a record for most conference wins (14) and fewest conference losses (2). And for his efforts in leading the way, coach Chris Schultz has been named the winner of the Edward Jeremiah Award, given to the NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year.
Geneseo enters this weekend's NCAA Division III semifinals with an overall record of 23-6-0, with a Friday afternoon (4:00) semifinal date with St. Norbert College at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
This season marked just the fifth time that a Geneseo team has reached the 20- win mark in program history and earned their fourth NCAA birth in program history. Five Geneseo players made the All-Conference teams including SUNYAC Player of the Year Zachary Vit, who has led the Ice Knights in scoring for four consecutive years.
In eight seasons at Geneseo, Schultz has compiled a career record of 120-84-7. Schultz's teams have earned home playoff positioning in seven of his eight seasons at the helm. A finalist for this award in 2011 and 2013, this is his first national coaching honor.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Schultz was the assistant coach at Geneseo under current RIT associate coach Brian Hills for three seasons and returned to the program after three seasons as the head coach at his high school alma mater Aquinas Institute, a Rochester Catholic private school.
As a student-athlete, Schultz captained the 1995-96 and 1996-97 squads coached by Paul Duffy, scoring 26 goals and 29 assists in his career. Schultz was also a three-year member of the SUNYAC All-Academic Team. The Edward Jeremiah Award is named in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach and was first presented in 1970. The runners-up for this year's Edward Jeremiah Award are Jamie Rice of Babson College and Ed Gosek of Oswego State (the 2007 recipient).
The Coach of the Year Awards are chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA Celebration of Men's Ice Hockey Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 3.
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Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
|1970||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1992||Bruce Marshall, Connecticut|
|1971||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1993||Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point|
|1972||Jack Canniff, Massachusetts||1994||Jeff Meredith, Fredonia|
|1973||Jim Cross, Vermont||1995||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1974||Barry Urbanski, Boston State||1996||Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls|
|1975||Wendall Forbes, Middlebury||1997||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1976||Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus||1998||Mike Schwartz, Augsburg|
|1977||Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell||1999||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1978||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||2000||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1979||Don Brose, Mankato State||2001||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1980||Steve Stirling, Babson||2002||Dan Stauber, WI-Superior|
|1981||Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State||2003||George Roll, Oswego State|
|1982||Steve Stirling, Babson||2004||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1983||Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State||2005||Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas|
|Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross||2006||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1984||Bob Peters, Bemidji State||2007||Ed Gosek, Oswego State|
|1985||Rob Riley, Babson||2008||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1986||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2009||Dominick Dawes, Neumann College|
|1987||Tony Mariano, Norwich||2010||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1988||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2011||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1989||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2012||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1990||Bill Beaney, Middlebury||2013||Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire|
|1991||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2014||Chris Schultz, Geneseo|