March 5, 2010

Rick Seeley Named 2009-10 ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Coach Of The Year

HAMDEN, Conn. -Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley has been named the 2009-10 ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year as voted by coaches and administration throughout the league. Seeley earns the award after leading the Bobcats to their most successful season in program history.

In just his second year at Quinnipiac, Seeley has produced the greatest season in the program's history. Under his leadership, the Bobcats posted their best overall and conference record since the formation of the women's ice hockey program nine years ago. Quinnipiac recently concluded the 2009-10 season with a 19-9-8 overall record with an 11-4-7 mark in ECAC Hockey. After posting such an impressive year, the Bobcats finished fourth in the league and hosted their first playoff series in program history. The team's performance earned six consecutive weeks of votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today National Polls before ranking tenth in the poll this week. Quinnipiac also ranked first nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 1.38 goals per game, and saw the least amount of time in the penalty box, averaging 6.5 penalty minutes per game.

With Seeley at the helm, the Bobcats experienced one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in college hockey history. After going 3-26-5 in his inaugural season with Quinnipiac, Seeley led the team to an additional 16 wins in his second year. The 16-game turnaround ,both in the win and loss column, is one of the greatest in men's or women's college hockey history. Seeley has taken a Quinnipiac team that won three games last season, and five the year before, to a 19-win, nationally-ranked program in just two seasons.

As head coach, Seeley has brought in an impressive group of recruits that have made a huge impact on the program. This year, Seeley introduced a rookie class that generated 71 points on the year, including ECAC All-Rookie forward Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) who led the team in goals (14) and points (25). Seeley also brought in freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) who has been named to the ECAC All-Conference First Team, the All-Rookie Team and has been announced as a finalist for the Goaltender and Rookie of the Year Awards.

The finalists for this award were Doug Derraugh from Cornell, and John Burke from Rensselaer.