Mike McShane has continued to amass an impressive resume at Norwich University as he concluded his 23rd season in 2017-18. Under his guidance, Norwich has won 19 of the last 20 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) regular season titles, including an unprecedented 17 in a row that ended after the 2014-15 season. Under McShane, Norwich has made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 Frozen Four appearances.
He's led NU to four NCAA Division III national championships, including the 2017 title with a 4-1 win over Trinity in Utica, N.Y. The other Cadets titles came in 2000, 2003 and 2010. The Cadets have won the NEHC Tournament crown 12 times total, including three in a row from 2010-2012.
His teams at Norwich have won 20 games or more 16 times. He has also won the most Ed Jeremiah Division II/III National "Coach of the Year" Awards with five throughout his tenure at Norwich and the latest coming in 2017.
McShane became just the seventh coach in NCAA college hockey history to win 700 games with a 4-0 win over Castleton on Nov. 18, 2016. He enters the 2018-19 season with 741 career coaching victories. McShane also won his unprecedented 11th NEHC Coach of the Year honor in 2018. He ranks seventh on the all-time NCAA career coaching victories list and is just three victories away from tying Bemidji State legend Bob Peters for sixth all-time.
McShane was selected as the 10th head coach of the Norwich men's ice hockey program prior to the 1995-96 season. In the 23 years since, he has posted a 497-130-38 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. He won his 600th career game on Jan. 27, 2012 with a 4-1 victory over Southern Maine.
In 37 years of college coaching, McShane has received 25 "Coach of the Year" awards, including earning the Edward Jeremiah Award from the American Hockey Coaches' Association in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2010 and 2017 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 2017, becoming the first coach to be honored as "Coach of the Year" seven 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 two-time defending German League Champions Red Bull Munchen. Norwich alum Kurtis McLean '05, who was a four-time NCAA All-American under McShane, is currently playing in Austria after a stint with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Most recently, McShane has coached William Pelletier '17, who is playing for the AHL's Rockford Ice Hogs in the Chicago Blackhawks organization. Kyle Thomas '13 has appeared in the American Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls and the Cleveland Lake Monsters. He currently plays for the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL. Ty Reichenbach '17 finished his first full season with the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) in the Nashville Predators' system.
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.