PLATTSBURGH, NY — Kevin Houle of SUNY Plattsburgh has been named STX/AHCA national Division III Women's Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. The announcement was made at the student-athlete banquet for the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship being played in Plattsburgh, NY.
Currently in his 13th season at the helm of the Plattsburgh State women's hockey team, head coach Kevin Houle has led the top-ranked Cardinals to a 27-1-0 record and into a Friday semifinal date with #4 Middlebury (3:30 p.m.) Already a champion, Plattsburgh State captured the ECAC West Tournament Championship for the fourth-consecutive year.
This will be Houle's fifth-straight final four appearance and 11th NCAA appearance overall. He has a career record of 314-43-22 for an NCAA best .858 winning percentage.
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, 2013 and 2014.
Houle was assisted this season by Danielle Blanchard. The runner-up for this year's award was Joe Cranston of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, also an NCAA semifinalist. #3 UW-River Falls faces off against #5 Elmira at 7:00 on Friday evening.
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, April 29.
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Winners of the Women's Division III Coach of the Year Award
|2000||Ted Wisner, Colgate||2009||Jim Plumer. Amherst College|
|2001||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2010||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2002||Jamie Wood, Elmira||2011||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2003||Michele Amidon, Bowdoin||2012||Mark Bolding, Norwich|
|2004||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2013||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2005||Bill Mandigo, Middlebury||2014||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2006||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State||2015||Dean Jackson, Elmira|
|2007||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State||2016||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|
|2008||Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State|