Eight coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2014-15 have been named finalists for the STX/AHCA College Division (NCAA Division III) Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award. The award will be presented during the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Convention Friday, May 1, in Naples, FL. The finalists includes five-time winner Kevin Houle of Plattsburgh (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014) and three-time recipient Mark Bolding of Norwich (2010, 2011 and 2012).
To be considered a finalist, you must either be named Coach of the Year at the conference level or advance to the national championship semifinals. The winner will be announced Thursday evening during the student-athlete banquet at the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship in Plattsburgh, NY.
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2014-15 AHCA Women's Ice Hockey
College Division Coach of the Year Finalists
Mark Bolding, Norwich — ECAC East Coach of the Year, NCAA Semifinalist*
Joe Cranston, UW-River Falls — NCAA Semifinalist
Chad Davis, Adrian — NCHA Coach of the Year
Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh — NCAA Semifinalist*
Dean Jackson, Elmira — ECAC West Coach of the Year, NCAA Semifinalist
Dan Laughlin, UW-Superior — WIAC Coach of the Year
Terry Mannor, St. Mary's — MIAC Coach of the Year
Kristin Steele, Connecticut College — NESCAC Coach of the Year
Previous 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|