For leading his team to the best record in program history and into the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Colgate’s Greg Fargo has been chosen CCM/AHCA Women’s Division I Coach of the Year.
Fargo has led the Red Raiders to a 33-5-1 record heading into an NCAA semifinal showdown with Wisconsin on Friday evening in Minneapolis. Colgate advanced to the semifinals by virtue of a 3-1 win over Northeastern in the quarterfinals in a game that marked the first time Colgate had hosted an NCAA tournament game and advanced to the championship round.
Fargo is in his 10th season as an NCAA head coach and is finishing his sixth with Colgate. His career mark is 189-116-23, with a 105-93-18 mark at Colgate. He has brought the program to great heights in a hurry with 77 wins over the past three seasons compared to just 28 wins in his first three. This year’s club was the first to win 30 games in a schedule that saw separate unbeaten streaks of seven, nine and 10 games.
In addition to Fargo’s success with the Colgate program, he has also earned kudos as an assistant coach for Canada’s Under-18 National Team. The Canadians earned a silver medal in January at the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, and Fargo continues to be an important part of the women’s amateur hockey program in his native country.
Sophie Leclerc and Stefan Decosse served as Fargo’s assistant coaches this season.
The runner-up for this year’s award was Clarkson’s Matt Desrosiers.