Mike McShane has continued to amass an impressive resume at Norwich University as he begins his 19th season coming off guiding the Cadets to their unprecedented 15th straight ECAC East regular season title and 11th Division III Frozen Four appearance.
He's led NU to three NCAA Division III national championships coming in 2000, 2003 and 2010. The Cadets have also won the ECAC East Tournament crown 10 times, including three in a row from 2010-2012.
His teams have won 20 games or more 13 times. He has also been selected as the Division II/III National "Coach of the Year" four times throughout his tenure at Norwich with the latest coming in 2010.
Two seasons ago, McShane became just the ninth coach in NCAA college hockey history to win 600 games with a 5-1 win over Southern Maine on Jan. 27, 2012. He enters the 2013-14 season with 633 career coaching victories. McShane also won his unprecedented eighth ECAC East Coach of the Year honor in 2012.
McShane was selected as the 10th head coach of the Norwich men's ice hockey program prior to the 1995-96 season. In the 18 years since, he has posted a 389-103-27 record. He became the program's all-time winningest coach during the 2008-09 season. Under McShane's guidance, the Cadets have never posted a losing season.
A native of Wakefield, Mass., McShane graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 as the third-leading scorer in Wildcats' history and then he went on to earn a M.Ed. from Boston University.
McShane got his start in coaching at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep School in 1972. He led the Huskies to three Division I Prep Championships in six years and a 122-25-6 record before becoming an assistant coach at Dartmouth College in 1978. In November 2010 McShane was inducted into the New Hampton Hall of Fame.
During his two seasons at Dartmouth, the Big Green won a pair of Ivy League titles and advanced to the NCAA semifinals both years.
McShane was named the head coach at Division I St. Lawrence University in 1980, leading the Saints to a 95-65-6 record in five seasons. In just a couple of years, he turned a dismal program into a national contender. He led the Saints to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1983.
McShane left St. Lawrence in 1985 to become the head coach at Providence College. He led Providence to NCAA playoff bids in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He was named the New England "Coach of the Year" in 1989.
He left Providence in 1994 to become a consultant for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League before coming to Norwich.
McShane won his 400th career game as a collegiate coach on Jan. 4, 2003, when Norwich defeated Trinity, 4-1. He won his 500th career game on Feb. 16, 2007, when NU beat Bowdoin, 7-4.
In 32 years of college coaching, McShane has received 19 "Coach of the Year" awards, including earning the Edward Jeremiah Award from the American Hockey Coaches' Association in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2010 as the College Division "Coach of the Year."
McShane was selected as the ECAC East/NESCAC "Coach of the Year" by the New England Hockey Writers in 2010, becoming the first coach to be honored as "Coach of the Year" six times by the organization.
A number of players coached by McShane at Providence have gone onto the NHL, including Tom Fitzgerald '88 (Boston Bruins), Rob Gaudreau '91 (San Jose Sharks), Craig Darby '93 (Montreal Canadiens), Chris Therein '93 (Los Angeles Kings), Joe Hulbig '96 (Boston Bruins), Hal Gill '97 (Boston Bruins), John Ferguson '89 (General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs), Chris Terreri '86 (New Jersey Devils), Tim Army (Assistant Coach Washington Capitals), Jim Hughes (Player Personnel Toronto Maple Leafs), and Ray Shero (GM Pittsburgh Penguins).
The most recognizable player McShane tutored at Norwich is Keith Aucoin '01, a two-time NCAA Division III "Player of the Year" who is currently playing for the NHL's New York Islanders. Norwich alum Kurtis McLean '05, who was a four-time NCAA All-American under McShane, is currently playing in the Switzerland Elite League after a stint with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Dozens of other recent Norwich graduates have played professionally overseas. Marc Bellemare played in France and was the league's MVP as his team won their Divisional Championship. Jim Nagle played in Germany, while Mike Ludwar also played in Europe.
Most recently Nikita Kashirsky ’09 (Reading Royals - ECHL), along with Eric Tallent '10 (Louisiana Ice Gators - SPHL), Tyler Stitt '10 (Holland), D.J. Fimiani '10 (Fayetteville FireAntz - SPHL), Greg Eskedjian '11 (Texas Brahmas - CHL), Chad Anderson '11 (Germany) have continued their hockey careers in the pros after playing for McShane.
Other players coached by McShane who went on to the pros include Randy Sexton (St. Lawrence '82), who served as GM of the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers, as well as Paul Castron (St. Lawrence '85), who is the Director of Player Development for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.
Additionally, a number of McShane's former players or assistant coaches are currently college head coaches.
McShane currently resides in nearby Montpelier with his wife Shawn. He has a son, Daniel, who is a graduate of Florida International University, and a daughter, Megan, who is a graduate of Emerson College.