Ten coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2015-16 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, April 29, in Naples, FL. The finalists includes five-time winner Kevin Houle of Plattsburgh (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2014), three-time recipient Bill Mandigo of Middlebury (2001, 2004 and 2005) and last year's winner Dean Jackson of Elmira.
To be considered a finalist, one 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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2015-16 AHCA Women's Ice Hockey
College Division Coach of the Year Finalists
Brian Carlson, Bethel College, MIAC Coach of the Year
Joseph Cranston, UW-River Falls, NCAA Semi-Finalist
Chad Davis, Adrian, NCHA Coach of the Year
Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh, NCAA Semi-Finalist*
Dean Jackson, Elmira, NCAA Semi-Finalist*
Melissa Lomanto, Morrisville State, CHC Coach of the Year
Bill Mandigo, Middlebury, NESCAC Coach of the Year, NCAA Semi-Finalist*
Candice Moxley, Buffalo State, ECAC West Coach of the Year
Erik Strand, UW-Eau Claire, WIAC Coach of the Year
David Venditti, University of New England, NEHC Coach of the Year
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||2015||Dean Jackson, Elmira|