Seven coaches have been named finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the NCAA Division I coach of the Year.
The nominees represent any coach who won or shared top coach honors in his conference this past season, along with coaches whose teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals.
The winner will be announced April 6 at the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
Of this year’s finalists, three were past recipients and two of those were honored at an
institution other than their current home. Boston College coach Jerry York won in 1977 while at Clarkson, Minnesota coach Don Lucia won in 1994 while at Colorado College and Ferris State’s Bob Daniels won
in 2003 while at FSU.
SPENCER PENROSE AWARD FINALISTS
Norm Bazin, Massachusetts-Lowell – Hockey East Coach of the Year
Rick Bennett, Union – ECAC Coach of the Year and NCAA semifinalist
Bob Daniels, Ferris State – CCHA Coach of the Year and NCAA semifinalist *
Don Lucia, Minnesota – NCAA semifinalist *
Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech – WCHA Coach of the Year
Ryan Soderquist, Bentley College – Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year
Jerry York, Boston College – NCAA semifinalist *
* Past Spencer Penrose Award winner