MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Middlebury women’s coach Bill Mandigo has been voted by his peers as the Division III Women’s Hockey National Coach the Year. After losing two of his top four scorers from last season, he led Middlebury to a 24-4 record this season and its first NCAA and third national championship.
Mandigo, who also received this honor in 2001, just completed his 16th year at Middlebury where he has compiled a record of 278-81-10. Those numbers make him the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey.
After leading his team to its first ECAC Alliance Championship in 1996, Mandigo was named the ECAC Women’s Hockey Alliance Coach of the Year. Since then, he has led the team to five more ECAC titles, three national titles and a NESCAC Championship.
A 1983 graduate of Wesleyan, Mandigo began his coaching career at his alma mater as the assistant men’s hockey coach, serving for two years after his graduation. Mandigo moved on to The Hill School, where he was the boys’ head hockey coach from 1985 to 1987. After one year at Burrillville High School in Rhode Island, he moved to Middlebury in the fall of 1988 as the head women’s hockey coach and as an assistant coach in both football and baseball. He is still involved with the football program.
Mandigo is also a member of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee.