Chad Davis of Adrian has been named CCM/AHCA Division III women’s Coach of the Year for 2016-17.
Currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Bulldogs, Davis brings an 18-game winning streak into Friday night’s NCAA semifinal against Gustavus Adolphus.
The Bulldogs were 27-2-0 on the year with both losses dealt by Plattsburgh, a potential championship game opponent. His overall record at Adrian is 127-30-9, including 52-5-1 over the last two seasons. A perfect 18-0-0 in NCHA play this season, Adrian won the conference championship with a 5-1 final win over Lake Forest and advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 5-4 overtime victory over Elmira in the quarterfinals.
Prior to joining the Adrian staff, Davis spent the 2009-10 season as a volunteer assistant coach at NCAA Division I Robert Morris, where he worked with the Colonials goaltenders that finished first in Atlantic Hockey in team save percentage and goals-against average in overall play.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Davis played professionally for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League. He played his college hockey with Division I American International, appearing in 52 games from 2001-04. He graduated from AIC in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
Davis was assisted this season by Shawn Skelly, a former AC men’s standout.
The runner-up for this year’s award was Kevin Houle of top-ranked SUNY Plattsburgh. Houle has received the award six times, including in 2016.
The CCM/AHCA Coach of the Year Awards are chosen by members of the AHCA. Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA Celebration of Women’s Ice Hockey Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla. This year’s banquet is scheduled for Friday, April 28.