Johnson named coach of the year
National championship coach led team to fourth title in six years
MADISON, Wis. - After leading Wisconsin to its fourth NCAA title in six years, head coach Mark Johnson has been named the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Coach of the Year, the AHCA announced on Thursday.
This year's award marks Johnson's fourth after taking home the award in 2006, 2007 and 2009, all national championship years for the Badgers.
The 2011 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year, Johnson led the Badgers to a 37-2-2 mark this season, winning both the WCHA regular season and tournament titles in addition to taking home the national crown with a 4-1 win over Boston University in the NCAA Women's Frozen Four final last weekend.
Johnson has a career record of 247-41-24 (.830) in eight seasons as head coach of the Badgers from 2002-03 to the present. He took a one-year sabbatical to serve as head coach of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team last year, where he coached Team USA to silver at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Johnson's .830 winning percentage leads all active NCAA Division I women's hockey head coaches.
This season, Johnson was assisted by Tracey DeKeyser, Jackie Friesen and Mark Greenhalgh.
Boston University's Brian Durocher was the runner-up for this year's AHCA Women's Division I Coach of the Year award after his Terriers fell to Wisconsin in the national championship game.
The AHCA Coach of the Year award recipients are selected by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA "Celebration of Women's Hockey" Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, Fla., on Friday, April 29.