Schultz Named Division III National Coach Of The Year
LEWISTON, Maine - SUNY Geneseo men's ice hockey coach Chris Schultz was named the 2013-14 Edward Jeremiah Award Winner as the Division III National Coach of the Year. Selected from a field of 13 other finalists for the award, Schultz was recognized during Thursday night's NCAA Banquet on the eve of the Division III Tournament semifinals on Friday.
Last week, Schultz was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year for the second-straight season and for the third time in the last four years after leading the Knights to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.
Schultz has guided Geneseo to a school record-tying 23-6 record, marking the program's first 20-win season since the 1990-91 squad finished with a school-record 23-4-3 mark. Only five total team in the 39-year history of the program have accumulated more than 20 wins.
Schultz was credited with his 100th career win with a 4-1 victory at Potsdam (Nov. 9). This year, he also surpassed his previous high-water mark for wins in a season after compiling a 17-9-1 record a season ago.
Schultz also led the squad to a program-best 14-2 SUNYAC record and first-place in the conference regular-season standings. The Knights received a bye to the tournament semifinals, defeating Buffalo State (March 1), 2-0, before falling to Oswego, 7-6, in a wild championship game (March 8).
Schultz's career record stands at 120-82-7 in eight years as Geneseo's head coach, which ranks second all-time in program history.
Schultz and the Knights will take on St. Norbert (Wisc.) in Friday's first NCAA Tournament Semifinal at 4:00 p.m. The winner will advance to play in Saturday's National Championship game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against either Oswego or Wisconsin-Stevens Point.