Rick Seeley Named Runner-Up For AHCA Women's Division I Coach Of The Year

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey Head Coach Rick Seeley was named the runner-up for the American Hockey Coaches Association Women's Division I Coach of the Year award, as announced on Wednesday, Mar. 24. The runner-up status comes just three weeks after Seeley was named ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year.

Under Seeley's guidance, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team experienced its most successful season in program history. The team concluded the 2009-10 season with the best overall record (19-10-8) and best conference record (11-4-5) since the program's establishment nine years ago. The Bobcats' impressive regular season finished them tied for third place in ECAC Hockey, hosting their first playoff series in program history.

Seeley is the first coach in U.S. college hockey history, dating back to 1895, to lead his team, from one season to the next, to at least a 16 game improvement in both the win and loss columns (3-26-5 in 2008-09 to 19-10-8 in 2009-10).The University of Wisconsin men's program equaled this feat in the 1976-77 season, but head coach "Badger Bob" Johnson had taken a leave of absence the previous season to coach the U.S. Olympic team, bringing a few of his best players with him.

In the second half of the 2009-10 season, the Bobcats saw six consecutive weeks of votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today National Polls before ranking tenth in the poll on Mar. 1. The team 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.

Seeley was runner-up to fellow ECAC Hockey Coach, Doug Derraugh, of Cornell University.