For his efforts in leading UMass Lowell to its first NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey "Frozen Four" appearance in school history, Norm Bazin has been chosen winner of the 2013 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Ice Hockey flexxCOACH/AHCA Coach of the Year. He will receive his award on Saturday evening, May 4, during the American Hockey Coaches Association annual convention in Naples, FL.
Entering Thursday afternoon's semifinal contest vs. Yale, Bazin's River Hawks have compiled an overall record of 28-10-2, capturing both the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles along the way. Lowell advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Wisconsin (6-1) and New Hampshire (2-0) to win the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, NH.
The River Hawks enter the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center having won 14 of their last 15 games and seven in a row. On December 1, the UMass Lowell record stood at 4-7-1. Since that time, they have gone 24-3-1.
Bazin has been chosen as the Hockey East Coach of the Year in both of his seasons at Lowell. This follows two years as the NESCAC Coach of the Year while he coached at Hamilton College. Overall, in five years as a head coach, his career record is 90-54-10.
A 1994 graduate of Lowell, Bazin was a 20-goal scorer as a senior, recording career numbers of 32-36-68 in 136 games. A native of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, Bazin was a Dean's List student in each of his eight semesters at Lowell, earning a degree in criminal justice in just three and a half years. Following a brief playing career in the ECHL and IHL, Bazin started coaching as Tim Whitehead's assistant at Lowell from 1996-2000. He followed that experience with eight years at Colorado College, recruiting 13 All-Americans and two Hobey Baker Award winners.
His first head coaching job came at Hamilton in 2008-09, where he was 38-31-7 in three seasons.
His inaugural year at UMass Lowell produced the largest turnaround in NCAA Division I history as he took a program that had won five games in 2010-11 and delivered a 24-13-1 season and an NCAA Tournament berth. Assisting Bazin this season were Jason Lammers, Cam Ellsworth and Dan Darrow. All four will be recognized in Naples, Florida, in May.
The runners-up for this year's AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year award were Rand Pecknold of Quinnipiac University and Bob Motzko of St. Cloud State University.
The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first ten NCAA championship hockey tournaments. 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 online 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 Spencer Penrose Award
(Division I Coach of the Year)
|1951||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||1983||Bill Cleary, Harvard|
|1952||Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College||1984||Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1953||John Mariucci, Minnesota||1985||Len Ceglarski, Boston College|
|1954||Vic Heyliger, Michigan||1986||Ralph Backstrom, Denver|
|1955||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||1987||John "Gino" Gasparini, North Dakota|
|1956||William Harrison, Clarkson||1988||Frank Anzalone, Lake Superior|
|1957||Jack Riley, Army||1989||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1958||Harry Cleverly, Boston University||1990||Terry Slater, Colgate|
|1959||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||1991||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan|
|1960||Jack Riley, Army||1992||Ron Mason, Michigan State|
|1961||Murray Armstrong, Denver||1993||George Gwozdecky, Miami|
|1962||Jack Kelley, Colby||1994||Don Lucia, Colorado College|
|1963||Tony Frasca, Colorado College||1995||Shawn Walsh, Maine|
|1964||Tom Eccleston, Jr., Providence||1996||Bruce Crowder, UMass Lowell|
|1965||Jim Fullerton, Brown||1997||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1966||Amo Bessone, Michigan State
Len Ceglarski, Clarkson
|1998||Tim Taylor, Yale|
|1967||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||1999||Richard Umile, New Hampshire|
|1968||Ned Harkness, Cornell||2000||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1969||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2001||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1970||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2002||Tim Whitehead, Maine|
|1971||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||2003||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1972||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||2004||Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1973||Len Ceglarski, Boston College||2005||George Gwozdecky, Denver|
|1974||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2006||Enrico Blasi, Miami|
|1975||Jack Parker, Boston University||2007||Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame|
|1976||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2008||Red Berenson, Michigan|
|1977||Jerry York, Clarkson||2009||Jack Parker, Boston University|
|1978||Jack Parker, Boston University||2010||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1979||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2011||Nate Leaman, Union|
|1980||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan||2012||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1981||Bill O'Flaherty, Clarkson||2013||Norm Bazin, UMass Lowell|
|1982||Ferny Flaman, Northeastern|