ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced Quinnipiac University Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rick Seeley has been named the league's 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year.
In just his second year behind the bench in Hamden, Seeley has led the Bobcats to their best season in program history. Under his tutelage, Quinnipiac posted its best overall and conference record in the program's nine-year history. The Bobcats finished the regular season with an 19-10-8 overall record with an 11-4-7 mark in ECAC Hockey.
The successful season earned Quinnipiac its first ECAC Hockey Tournament berth, as they finished in fourth place in conference play.
Seeley has developed a reputation for building programs from the ground level. Seeley similarly built the Manhattanville College and Clarkson women's hockey programs, and now is working on building his third in Hamden. As head coach Seeley has assembled outstanding recruiting classes during his two years with the Bobcats. Seeley's style has quickly impacted the Bobcats, who only allowed 1.27 goals-per-game in conference play (tied-2nd) and showcased a discipline group of student-athletes averaging only 7.0 penalty minutes per game (tied-2nd).
Making great strides with the program Seeley also gained the Bobcats national notoriety, as they were ranked No. 10 in the latest USCHO.com Poll released Monday, March 1. The Bobcats were among the leaders on the national scope, posting the best scoring defense mark in the country (1.38 G/GM), ranking tenth with their penalty-kill unit (87.2%), and eleventh in scoring margin at (0.76)
The finalists for the award were Doug Derraugh from Cornell and John Burke from Rensselaer.