Women’s Hockey: Bolding named AHCA National Coach of the Year for fourth time

Mark Bolding AHCA Coach of the Year

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University women's ice hockey head coach Mark Bolding was named the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division III National Coach of the Year on Thursday at the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship banquet. 

Bolding earned the prestigious award for the fourth time in his career, surpassing Middlebury's Bill Mandigo for sole possession of second place behind Plattsburgh State's Kevin Houle for the most AHCA Coach of the Year awards all-time. 

The award was established in 2000 with Bolding previously winning three straight years from 2010 to 2012. He is one of two coaches to win three straight years along with Houle. 

Bolding has guided Norwich to a nation's best 25-1-3 record this season and its seventh NCAA Division III national semifinal appearance in just 11 years at the varsity level. 

Norwich won its seventh New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) regular season title in the last eight years, as well as its eighth NEHC Tournament title. 

The Cadets have had a dominant offense this season, clicking at a nation-leading 5.76 goals per game. NU has also been lethal on the power play with another nation-leading 32.0 power play percentage. 

Bolding has guided Norwich to a 243-62-20 record in 11 seasons for a .778 winning percentage, which ranks third among active Division III coaches. His 243 victories rank tied for 28th all-time in NCAA women's college hockey history and ties for sixth all-time in Division III history with UW-Superior's Dan Laughlin. 

Bolding coached three AHCA East Region All-Americans this season and now has tutored 18 overall in his tenure. He also guided the Cadets to a record-setting 12 different NEHC All-Conference selections, including five first teamers in 2017-18. 

Bolding is assisted by Mollie Fitzpatrick '12, who is in her third season behind the bench as the full-time assistant coach. Jon Guiffre and Maggie DiMasi round out the NU coaching staff. 

Bolding is a 1995 Norwich University graduate and began his coaching career under legendary men's head coach Mike McShane as an assistant with the men's hockey team. 

Norwich faces Hamline University (Minn.) on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the national semifinals at Kreitzberg Arena. Elmira College and four-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State meet in the other semifinal at 3:30 p.m. 

On Saturday, March 17 the Third Place Game will be at 3:30 p.m. with the national championship to follow at 7 p.m.