Houle has Plattsburgh ranked No. 1 in country, wins national women’s D-III Coach of the Year laurels

Kevin Houle has Plattsburgh in the national semifinals with a 27-1-0 overall record (photo: Gabe Dickens).

Plattsburgh’s Kevin Houle has been named STX/AHCA national Division III Women’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career.

The announcement was made Thursday at the student-athlete banquet for the Division III women’s national championship being played in Plattsburgh.

Houle’s previous AHCA Coach of the Year awards came in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Currently in his 13th season at the helm of the Cardinals, Houle has led his team to the No. 1 national ranking and to a 27-1-0 record into a Friday semifinal date with No. 4 Middlebury.

Already a champion, Plattsburgh captured the ECAC West Tournament championship for the fourth-consecutive year and this will be Houle’s fifth straight final four appearance and 11th NCAA appearance overall.

He has a career record of 314-43-22 for an NCAA-best .858 winning percentage.

A 1986 graduate of Boston College, Houle has enjoyed extensive coaching experience with USA Hockey at the international level in addition to his college work.

Houle was assisted this season by Danielle Blanchard.

The runner-up for this year’s award was Joe Cranston of Wisconsin-River Falls, also an NCAA semifinalist.

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