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May 1, 2008
SETH APPERT OF RENSSELAER IS NEW AHCA PRESIDENT
CHOSEN BY MEMBERSHIP AT AHCA CONVENTION FOR THREE-YEAR TERM
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Seth AppertSeth Appert, the head men's ice hockey coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been chosen to serve as president of the American Hockey Coaches Association, it was announced today by AHCA Executive Director Joe Bertagna. Appert was selected by a vote of the AHCA membership at their recently concluded convention in Naples, FL. The position has a three-year term and commences immediately. He succeeds University of Denver head coach George Gwozdecky.

"We are thrilled that Seth has agreed to serve in this capacity," said Bertagna. "His self-confidence and energy will give our organization a boost as we set out to meet the demands of our many constituencies."

Appert has just concluded his second season as RPI's head coach. A 1996 graduate of Ferris State University, where he was a four-year letterwinner as a goaltender, he spent nine years as an assistant at Denver, contributing to two NCAA championships captured by the Pioneers in 2004 and 2005.

"I am honored to be chosen to help lead the AHCA," said Appert. "This association continues to emphasize and promote all that is great in college athletics and in hockey. I look forward to helping us continue to move in a positive direction during the next three years."

Founded in 1947, the AHCA has grown from approximately 250 members less than 20 years ago to just shy of 1,400 members today. In addition to attracting nearly 1,000 people to its convention each year, the AHCA works with the NCAA to shape playing rules and to assist in a number of activities during the year. The AHCA also honors the game through the selection of the RBK Hockey All-American teams, the Coach of the Year honorees at each division, and through a number of other awards.

While the membership is heavily NCAA-oriented, the AHCA ranks have grown with the addition of more than 300 non-varsity college programs and with coaches from youth, high school, and junior hockey.

 

Past Officers of the American Hockey Coaches Association
Years President Vice-Presidents Secretary-Treasurer Executive Director
1947-49 Murray Murdoch, Yale Julius Schroeder, California Vic Heyliger, Michigan  
1949-51 Dick Vaughan, Princeton Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College Wes Moulton, Brown  
1951-53 Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College Herb Gallagher, Northeastern Wes Moulton, Brown  
1953-55 Herb Gallagher, Northeastern Frank Bell, Hotchkiss School Wes Moulton, Brown  
1955-57 Duke Nelson, Middlebury Amo Bessone, Michigan State Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth  
1957-59 Amo Bessone, Michigan State Harry Cleverly, Boston University Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth  
1959-61 Harry Cleverly, Boston University Al Renfrew, Michigan Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth  
1961-63 Al Renfrew, Michigan John “Snooks” Kelley, Boston College Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth  
1963-65 John “Snooks” Kelley, Boston College Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth Jim Fullerton, Brown  
1965-67 Eddie Jeremiah, Dartmouth Jim Fullerton, Brown Bill McCormick, Williams  
1967-69 Jim Fullerton, Brown Bill McCormick, Williams Charlie Holt, Colby College  
1969-71 Bill McCormick, Williams Charlie Holt, Colby College
John Matchefts, Colorado College
Sid Watson, Bowdoin  
1971-73 Charlie Holt, New Hampshire Rube Bjorkman, North Dakota
Sid Watson, Bowdoin
Jack Kelley, Boston University
Al Renfrew, Michigan
 
1973-75 Rube Bjorkman, North Dakota Sid Watson, Bowdoin
Bob Priestley, Norwich
Charlie Holt, New Hampshire  
1975-77 Sid Watson, Bowdoin Bob Priestley, Norwich
Jim Salfi, Rensselaer
Charles “Lefty” Smith, Notre Dame
Ex. Secretary: Andy Sweet
 
1977-79 Bob Priestley, Norwich  Jim Salfi, Rensselaer
Charles “Lefty” Smith, Notre Dame
Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus
Ex. Secretary: Andy Sweet
 
1979-81  Charles “Lefty” Smith, Notre Dame Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus
Lou Lamoriello, Providence
Charlie Holt, New Hampshire  
1981-83 Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus Lou Lamoriello, Providence
Gino Gasparini, North Dakota
Charlie Holt, New Hampshire  
1983-85 Jerry York, Bowling Green Jim Higgins, Princeton
Brad Buetow, Minnesota
Mike Addesa, Rensselaer
Herb Hammond, Brown
 
1985-87 Jim Higgins, Princeton Brad Buetow, Minnesota
Jack Parker, Boston University
Herb Hammond, Brown  
1987-89 Brad Buetow, Minnesota Jack Parker, Boston University
Shawn Walsh, Maine
Herb Hammond, Brown
Bruce Delventhal, Union
 
1989-91 Jack Parker, Boston University Shawn Walsh, Maine
Don Brose, Mankato
Bruce Delventhal, Union  
1991-92 Don Brose, Mankato Shawn Walsh, Maine
Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth
Bruce Delventhal, Union  Joe Bertagna
1992-95 Shawn Walsh, Maine Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth
Terry Meagher, Bowdoin
Bruce Delventhal, Union  Joe Bertagna
1995-97 Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth Terry Meagher, Bowdoin
Bob Mancini, Michigan Tech/Usa Hockey
Bruce Delventhal, Union Joe Bertagna
1997-98 Terry Meagher, Bowdoin Don Lucia, Colorado College
John Harrington, St. John’s
Mark Morris, Clarkson
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
1998-99 Don Lucia, Colorado College John Harrington, St. John’s
Mark Mazzoleni, Miami
Jim Tortorella, Colby College
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
1999-2000 John Harrington, St. John’s Mark Mazzoleni, Harvard
Jim Tortorella, Colby College
Roger Grillo, Brown
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2000-01 Mark Mazzoleni, Harvard Jim Tortorella, Colby College
Roger Grillo, Brown
Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2001-02 Jim Tortorella, Colby College Roger Grillo, Brown
Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth
Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2002-03 Roger Grillo, Brown Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth
Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha
Kevin Sneddon, Vermont
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2003-04 Roger Grillo, Brown Mike Kemp, Nebraska-Omaha
Kevin Sneddon, Vermont
Bruce Marshall, Connecticut
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2004-05 Roger Grillo, Brown Kevin Sneddon, Vermont
Bruce Marshall, Connecticut
Mike Schafer, Cornell
Bruce Delventhal Joe Bertagna
2005-06 George Gwozdecky, Denver Kevin Sneddon, Vermont
Bruce Marshall, Connecticut
Mike Schafer, Cornell
Bruce Delventhal, Plattsburgh Joe Bertagna
2006-07 George Gwozdecky, Denver Kevin Patrick, Wisconsin
Paul Pearl, Holy Cross
Mike Schafer, Cornell
Bruce Delventhal, Plattsburgh Joe Bertagna
2007-08 George Gwozdecky, Denver Kevin Patrick, Wisconsin
Paul Pearl, Holy Cross
Mike Schafer, Cornell
Bruce Delventhal, Plattsburgh Joe Bertagna
2008-09 Seth Appert, Rensselaer Kevin Patrick, Wisconsin
Paul Pearl, Holy Cross
Mark Tabrum, USA Hockey
Bruce Delventhal, Plattsburgh Joe Bertagna
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