For his efforts in leading the Minnesota State Mavericks to the #1 seed in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships, Mike Hastings has been chosen winner of the 2015 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Ice Hockey STX/AHCA Coach of the Year. He will receive his award on Saturday evening, May 2, during the American Hockey Coaches Association annual convention in Naples, FL.
Hastings enjoyed a banner year in 2014-15 as MNSU went 29-8-3 and captured both the WCHA regular season and tournament titles. The year extended an incredible streak for Hastings who is 79-36-7 at Minnesota State since arriving in 2012, the 79 wins being the most by any NCAA Division I coach in this period. He has twice been chosen by his peers as WCHA Coach of the Year (2013 and 2015) in his short time at MNSU.
Prior to coming to the Mavericks, Hastings spent 14 years in the USHL as head coach of the Omaha Lancers. He remains the winningest coach in the history of the USHL. He also spent four years as an NCAA assistant coach, three at Omaha and one with the University of Minnesota.
Hastings has also coached extensively with USA Hockey at the national team level. Among his international assignments are two stints as head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team (2003 and 2005). A 1993 graduate of St. Cloud State, Hastings played two years of varsity hockey at St. Cloud before a back injury shortened his playing career.
Assisting Hastings this season were Darren Blue and Todd Knott. All three will be recognized in Naples, Florida, in May. The runner-up for this year's AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year award was David Quinn of Boston University.
The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first ten NCAA championship hockey tournaments. All AHCA Coach of the Year awards are selected by the head coaches in each division and are sponsored by STX.
Winners of the Spencer Penrose Award
(Division I Coach of the Year)
|1951||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||1984||Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1952||Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College||1985||Len Ceglarski, Boston College|
|1953||John Mariucci, Minnesota||1986||Ralph Backstrom, Denver|
|1954||Vic Heyliger, Michigan||1987||John "Gino" Gasparini, North Dakota|
|1955||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||1988||Frank Anzalone, Lake Superior|
|1956||William Harrison, Clarkson||1989||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1957||Jack Riley, Army||1990||Terry Slater, Colgate|
|1958||Harry Cleverly, Boston University||1991||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan|
|1959||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||1992||Ron Mason, Michigan State|
|1960||Jack Riley, Army||1993||George Gwozdecky, Miami|
|1961||Murray Armstrong, Denver||1994||Don Lucia, Colorado College|
|1962||Jack Kelley, Colby||1995||Shawn Walsh, Maine|
|1963||Tony Frasca, Colorado College||1996||Bruce Crowder, UMass Lowell|
|1964||Tom Eccleston, Jr., Providence||1997||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1965||Jim Fullerton, Brown||1998||Tim Taylor, Yale|
|1966||Amo Bessone, Michigan State
Len Ceglarski, Clarkson
|1999||Richard Umile, New Hampshire|
|1967||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||2000||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1968||Ned Harkness, Cornell||2001||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1969||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2002||Tim Whitehead, Maine|
|1970||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2003||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1971||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||2004||Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1972||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||2005||George Gwozdecky, Denver|
|1973||Len Ceglarski, Boston College||2006||Enrico Blasi, Miami|
|1974||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2007||Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame|
|1975||Jack Parker, Boston University||2008||Red Berenson, Michigan|
|1976||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2009||Jack Parker, Boston University|
|1977||Jerry York, Clarkson||2010||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1978||Jack Parker, Boston University||2011||Nate Leaman, Union|
|1979||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2012||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1980||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan||2013||Norm Bazin, UMass Lowell|
|1981||Bill O'Flaherty, Clarkson||2014||Rick Bennett, Union|
|1982||Ferny Flaman, Northeastern||2015||Mike Hastings, Minnesota State|
|1983||Bill Cleary, Harvard|