LAKE PLACID, NY — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire head coach Matt Loen has done what no other coach has done in school history – guided his team to the NCAA Division III Men's Championship semifinals. In fact, his 2013 team is the first in school history to win an NCAA playoff game and win a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship.
And for his efforts, Loen has been named the winner of the Edward Jeremiah Award, given to the NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year.
This year's team was selected to the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship for just the second time in program history and the first time since 1989. Coming into this season, the Blugolds had one national title to their name, an NAIA title in 1984, but had never won a conference championship.
In just six years as the Blugolds' head coach, Loen has compiled an 82-72-12 record, just six wins short of the most wins by any coach in school history. Ian Perrin, who coached the Blugolds from 1990 to 1999, had an 88-139-14 record, a .394 winning percentage. Loen, on the other hand, has a winning percentage of .530, the best in school history.
The Blugolds currently hold a 22-5-2 record, the most win in school history. Previously, the most wins were 18 in 1990 as the Blugolds finished the year 18-13-3. Five losses this season is also a new low for the team. This is the third consecutive winning season for the team, the longest streak in school history, and over the last four years the team has compiled a 58-43-10 record, the most wins in a four year period ever.
Loen was named the NCHA Coach of the Year this season, his second coach of the year selection in the past three years (also won in 2011). He is the only person in the history of the league to win Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors as he was also the conference's Player of the Year in 1995.
The Edward Jeremiah Award is named in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach and was first presented in 1970. The runners-up for this year's Edward Jeremiah Award are Gary Heenan of Utica College and Ed Gosek of Oswego State (the 2007 recipient).
The Coach of the Year Awards are chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA Celebration of Men's Ice Hockey Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. All AHCA Coach of the Year awards are selected by the head coaches in each division and are sponsored by flexxCOACH, the leader in delivering on-line coaching education for sports and the development of software products designed to assist coaches in creating drills, planning practices and designing fitness programs for athlete development.
Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
|1970||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1992||Bruce Marshall, Connecticut|
|1971||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1993||Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point|
|1972||Jack Canniff, Massachusetts||1994||Jeff Meredith, Fredonia|
|1973||Jim Cross, Vermont||1995||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1974||Barry Urbanski, Boston State||1996||Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls|
|1975||Wendall Forbes, Middlebury||1997||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1976||Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus||1998||Mike Schwartz, Augsburg|
|1977||Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell||1999||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1978||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||2000||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1979||Don Brose, Mankato State||2001||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1980||Steve Stirling, Babson||2002||Dan Stauber, WI-Superior|
|1981||Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State||2003||George Roll, Oswego State|
|1982||Steve Stirling, Babson||2004||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1983||Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State||2005||Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas|
|Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross||2006||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1984||Bob Peters, Bemidji State||2007||Ed Gosek, Oswego State|
|1985||Rob Riley, Babson||2008||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1986||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2009||Dominick Dawes, Neumann College|
|1987||Tony Mariano, Norwich||2010||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1988||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2011||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1989||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2012||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1990||Bill Beaney, Middlebury||2013||Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire|
|1991||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira|