PLATTSBURGH, NY — Kevin Houle of SUNY Plattsburgh has been named STX/AHCA national Division III Women's Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. The announcement was made at the student-athlete banquet for the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship being played in Plattsburgh, NY.
In the 2013-14 season, Houle has led the Cardinals to their second-straight ECAC Women's West Championship and fourth overall with a 25-1-1 record. Houle received his sixth conference coach of the year citation in a year that saw Plattsburgh State sit atop the USCHO.com Division III poll for 17-straight weeks and land seven All-ECAC Women's West selections including ECAC Women's West Player of the Year, Sydney Aveson. With Houle at the helm, the Cardinals are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. Houle enters the 2014 NCAA semifinals with a 259-40-20 career record and his .843 winning percentage ranks first among all active women's hockey coaches.
A 1986 graduate of Boston College, Houle has enjoyed extensive coaching experience with USA Hockey at the international level in addition to his college work. His previous AHCA Coach of the Year awards came in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Houle was assisted this season by Danielle Blanchard. The runner-up for this year's award was Tom Palkowski of the University of St. Thomas.
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 Women's Ice Hockey Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's banquet is scheduled for Friday, May 2
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Winners of the Women's Division III Coach of the Year Award
|2000||Ted Wisner, Colgate||2008||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2001||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2009||Jim Plumer. Amherst College|
|2002||Jamie Wood, Elmira||2010||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2003||Michele Amidon, Bowdoin||2011||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2004||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2012||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2005||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2013||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2006||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State||2014||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2007||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|