MINNEAPOLIS, MN —The 2014-15 Amherst College men's hockey team, winners of its last eight games and 13 of its last 14, won the 2015 NESCAC Tournament title and tied the school record for wins with 24. And for his efforts in leading the way, coach Jack Arena has been named the winner of the Edward Jeremiah Award, given to the STX/AHCA Division III Men's Coach of the Year. It is the second such honor for arena who also captured this award in 2012.
Amherst enters this weekend's NCAA Division III semifinals sporting an overall record of 24-4-2, facing a Friday evening (7:30) semifinal date with Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Ridder Arena.
Arena's Jeffs currently rank first nationally in combined special teams, sixth in scoring defense, 12th on the power play, 13th in scoring margin, and 13th on the penalty kill. Through 32 seasons at Amherst, Arena has a career record of 429-310-58 and over the last seven seasons is 129-42-16 (.733). Arena has now led the Purple & White to three 20-plus win seasons since 2008-09 and three NCAA Tournament appearances. He is looking to bring Amherst its first NCAA men's ice hockey title.
A native of Randolph, MA, Arena became Amherst's head coach immediately following his senior year with the program. Tied for fourth on Amherst's all-time scoring list, he capped off his career in 1983 by receiving the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in Division III. Also serving as Amherst's men's golf coach, Arena has a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. He and his wife, Diane Arena '84, are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and two sons, Patrick and John.
The Edward Jeremiah Award is named in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach and was first presented in 1970. The runner-up for this year's Edward Jeremiah Award is Adam Krug of Adrian College, also an NCAA semifinalist. Arena was assisted this year by Gregg DiNardo, Mike McLaughlin and Eddie Effinger.
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 2.
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Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
|1970||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1993||Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point|
|1971||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||1994||Jeff Meredith, Fredonia|
|1972||Jack Canniff, Massachusetts||1995||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1973||Jim Cross, Vermont||1996||Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls|
|1974||Barry Urbanski, Boston State||1997||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1975||Wendall Forbes, Middlebury||1998||Mike Schwartz, Augsburg|
|1976||Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus||1999||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1977||Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell||2000||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1978||Sid Watson, Bowdoin||2001||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1979||Don Brose, Mankato State||2002||Dan Stauber, WI-Superior|
|1980||Steve Stirling, Babson||2003||George Roll, Oswego State|
|1981||Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State||2004||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|1982||Steve Stirling, Babson||2005||Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas|
|1983||Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State||2006||Bill Beaney, Middlebury|
|Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross||2007||Ed Gosek, Oswego State|
|1984||Bob Peters, Bemidji State||2008||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1985||Rob Riley, Babson||2009||Dominick Dawes, Neumann College|
|1986||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2010||Mike McShane, Norwich|
|1987||Tony Mariano, Norwich||2011||Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College|
|1988||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2012||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1989||Terry Meagher, Bowdoin||2013||Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire|
|1990||Bill Beaney, Middlebury||2014||Chris Schultz, Geneseo|
|1991||Glenn Thomaris, Elmira||2015||Jack Arena, Amherst College|
|1992||Bruce Marshall, Connecticut|