Legendary Maine assistant coach Grant Standbrook will be induced into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Sept. 8.
Standbrook spent 21 seasons behind the bench at Maine, serving as an assistant coach on Maine’s 1993 and 1999 national championship teams. The 1993 team will also be inducted into the hall of fame as well.
While at Maine, he was the 2005 recipient of the Terry Flanigan Award, presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association to honor an assistant coach’s career body of work.
Standbrook served 18 years as a full-time assistant and Maine’s recruiting coordinator before stepping back and serving as a volunteer assistant for his final three years on staff. Over his 18 years as Maine’s lead recruiter, he coordinated recruiting classes which consistently ranked among the best in the nation. As a direct correlation to his incredible recruiting efforts from 1987 to 2007, Maine had the best winning percentage in the nation at .713 (527-224-68).
Before joining the Black Bears staff, Standbrook was an assistant coach at Wisconsin where he played an integral role in the Badgers winning three national championships during his 12-year tenure at that school. Together with head coach Bob Johnson, Standbrook built a college hockey dynasty, winning national titles in 1977, 1981 and 1983, in addition to reaching the NCAA Championship game on two other occasions.
From 1970 to 1975, Standbrook was the head coach at Dartmouth and in 1987-88, was the head coach of Varese-Kronenberg of the Italian league, where he led the team to a second-place finish.
He was the assistant coach of the 1976 U.S. Olympic hockey team, the U.S. national teams in 1974 and 1975 and coached several teams for USA Hockey.