Men’s Hockey: McShane named finalist for Ed Jeremiah Award; National D-III Coach of the Year

Men’s Hockey: McShane named finalist for Ed Jeremiah Award; National D-III Coach of the Year

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich head coach Mike McShane has been named one of the 13 finalists for the 2012 Ed Jeremiah Award, given annually to the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year.

McShane is a four-time winner of the Ed Jeremiah Award, which ties for the most all-time with Middlebury's Bill Beaney. McShane has previously earned the prestigious honor in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2010. He led the Cadets to national championship titles in 2000 and 2010.

McShane (Wakefield, Mass.) has continued to add to an already sparkling career at Norwich this season as the legendary head coach won his 600th career game on Jan. 27 against Southern Maine to become just the ninth coach to achieve the milestone at any level of college hockey and the only one to have coached at the D-III level. Now in his 17th season at the helm of the program, Norwich carries a 24-2-2 record into this weekend's Frozen Four.

The Cadets are making their third straight appearance at the Frozen Four and 10th overall with every appearance coming under McShane. NU also won its unprecedented 14th straight ECAC East regular season title and 10th ECAC East Tournament title with an 11-1 rout of in-state rival Castleton. McShane is now 609-316-57 in 31 season overall. He is also 365-98-26 at Norwich and has now led the Cadets to 20 or more wins in 11 seasons. He was named the ECAC East Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career.

McShane has guided Norwich to the top of numerous statistical categories. Norwich boasts the nation's top scoring offense averaging 4.75 goals per game. The Cadets are also giving up just 1.68 goals per game. NU is also the least penalized team in all of Division III averaging just 7.7 minutes per game. Norwich's power play ranks second in the country clicking at 30.8 percent. The unit is led by junior forward Pier-Olivier Cotnoir's nation-leading 12 power play goals. Cotnoir was also named the ECAC East Player of the Year.

The 12 other finalists for the award are Jack Arena (Amherst), Jeff Boeser (St. Thomas Minn.), Lance Brady (Assumption), Tim Coghlin (St. Norbert), Bob Emery (Plattsburgh), Ron Fogarty (Adrian), Ed Gosek (Oswego State), Brian Murphy (Tufts), Craig Russell (Plymouth State), Aaron Saul (Elmira), R.J. Tolan (Wentworth) and Mark Wick (St. Scholastica).

Current Norwich Athletic Director and former NU men's hockey coach Tony Mariano also won the Jeremiah Award in 1987 after guiding the Cadets to their first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.

The winner will be announced after the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship that will be held at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. on March 16 and 17.

The formal presentation of the award to the eventual winner will take place during the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Convention on Saturday, April 28, in Naples, Fla.

Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
( Division Coach of the Year)

1970

Sid Watson, Bowdoin

 

1991

Glenn Thomaris, Elmira

1971

Sid Watson, Bowdoin

 

1992

Bruce Marshall, Connecticut

1972

Jack Canniff, Massachusetts

 

1993

Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point

1973

Jim Cross, Vermont

 

1994

Jeff Meredith, Fredonia

1974

Barry Urbanski, Boston State

 

1995

Bill Beaney, Middlebury

1975

Wendall Forbes, Middlebury

 

1996

Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls

1976

Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus

 

1997

Mike McShane, Norwich

1977

Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell

 

1998

Mike Schwartz, Augsburg

1978

Sid Watson, Bowdoin

 

1999

Mike McShane, Norwich

1979

Don Brose, Mankato State

 

2000

Mike McShane, Norwich

1980

Steve Stirling, Babson

 

2001

Wayne Wilson, RIT

1981

Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State

 

2002

Dan Stauber, WI-Superior

1982

Steve Stirling, Babson

 

2003

George Roll, Oswego State

1983

Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State

 

2004

Bill Beaney, Middlebury

 

Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross

 

2005

Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas

1984

Bob Peters, Bemidji State

 

2006

Bill Beaney, Middlebury

1985

Rob Riley, Babson

 

2007

Ed Gosek, Oswego State

1986

Terry Meagher, Bowdoin

 

2008

Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College

1987

Tony Mariano, Norwich

 

2009

Dominick Dawes, Neumann College

1988

Glenn Thomaris, Elmira

 

2010

Mike McShane, Norwich

1989

Terry Meagher, Bowdoin

 

2011

Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College

1990

Bill Beaney, Middlebury

     

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