Dick Umile, who led New Hampshire to the Hockey East regular-season championship and its first-ever appearance in the NCAA national title game, is the recipient of the 1999 Spencer Penrose Award, given by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the men’s Division I coach of the year.
Umile’s Wildcats went 31-7-3 on the season, setting a school record for wins, and lost the NCAA title to Maine, 3-2, in overtime on April 3 in Anaheim, Calif.
Umile, a native of Melrose, Mass., and a 1972 alumnus of UNH, was previously named Hockey East Coach of the Year and New England Coach of the Year. His career record at UNH is 205-111-22.
He will receive his award May 1, at the annual AHCA banquet in Naples, Fla. The runner-up for the award was Michigan State’s Ron Mason.