BEVERLY, Maine – Endicott women's ice hockey head coach Andy McPhee has been named the New England Hockey Writers' Association Division II/III Coach of the Year, as announced by the organization earlier today.
This past season, McPhee guided the Gulls to a 22-4-1 overall record and also pushed Endicott further into the national spotlight as the Gulls finished the year ranked No. 8 in the D3hockey.com final rankings and No. 10 (tied) in the year-end USCHO.com poll.
Under McPhee's leadership, Endicott captured the regular season title in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC), and reached the league title game as the conference's top seed. For his efforts, McPhee was named the CHC's Coach of the Year.
The Gulls also finished the year nationally ranked in the following categories: No. 11 scoring offense (3.00 goals/game), No. 4 scoring defense (1.22 goals against/game), No. 8 scoring margin (1.78), No. 1 fewest penalty minutes (5.5 PIM/game) and No. 1 penalty kill (95.8%, 68/71).
Academically, Endicott's entire roster that was eligible to claim CHC All-Academic Team honors did so as 18 student-athletes were recognized for their efforts in the classroom. To be eligible for All-Academic recognition a student-athlete must carry a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and have completed one full-year at their current institution. The Gulls' mark of 18 student-athletes established a new conference record.
McPhee is Endicott's first-ever New England Hockey Writers' Association Division II/III Coach of the Year counting both the men's and women's programs.