DURHAM, N.H. - Brian McCloskey, the first-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named runner-up as the American Hockey Coaches Association Women's University Division Coach of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday. McCloskey was named one of eight finalists for the award in March.
McCloskey, the Coach of the Year recipient in Hockey East, led New Hampshire to a 27-7-2 overall record, with the 27 victories being the second-highest single-season total in the 26-year history of the Wildcat program. The Wildcats - fifth in both the Pairwise Rankings and Ratings Percentage Index, as well as seventh in both national polls - finished second in the league standings and as runner-up in the inaugural Hockey East tournament. UNH was unranked in the preseason polls but climbed as high as No. 4 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll on two occasions.
McCloskey became the third head coach in the history of UNH's women's ice hockey program on May 28, 2002 after serving as an associate head coach with the Wildcat men's hockey team the previous four seasons.
Shannon Miller, who guided the University of Minnesota-Duluth to a third consecutive national championship in 2003, was honored as the AHCA University Division Coach of the Year.