ROCHESTER, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo men's ice hockey coach Chris Schultz was named the Coach of the Year by the Rochester Press Radio Club during the 70th-Annual Day of Champions dinner, Wednesday, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
In 13 seasons guiding his alma mater, Schultz has compiled a 214-115-25 record, including four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in the last six years as well as three of the last four State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships.
Schultz' 2018-19 squad finished with a 25-2-2 record for the winningest campaign in program history. His Knights averaged 4.90 goals per game to lead the nation in scoring offense, including the country's top power play unit that converted nearly 30-percent of its extra-man opportunities.
Schultz also oversaw the nation's top defense, as Geneseo only allowed 1.19 goals per game to out-score their opponents by nearly four goals per game. The Knights broke an 18 year-old Division III record with their 12th shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over visiting Cortland (Feb. 8). It was also their program-record 17th-consecutive victory.
The Knights defeated Oswego, 4-3, in the SUNYAC Championship game to clinch its second-consecutive conference crown while also breaking the program record for wins in a season (24). After receiving a first-round bye, Geneseo defeated visiting Manhattanville, 8-2, to earn its third trip to the NCAA Frozen Four in the last six seasons.
Schultz was named runner up for the 2019 Edward Jeremiah Award as the Division III National Coach of the Year after winning the award in 2014 and 2016. He also mentored four All-Americans this winter, including senior goalie Devin McDonald, who was voted the Sid Watson Award winner as the Division III Player of the Year. McDonald joined junior forward Conland Keenan and senior Duggie Lagrone as First-Team All-American while junior forward Andrew Romano landed second-team honors.
Only eight teams in Geneseo's 44-year history have won at least 20 games, including four under Schultz. His players have also been named All-SUNYAC on 44 occasions, including five Knights that garnered the Herb Hammond SUNYAC Player of the Year award. Keenan landed the honor this past winter, while McDonald was the first Knight to ever be named SUNYAC Goalie of the Year.
A native of Chili, N.Y., Schultz was an assistant coach at Geneseo under current RIT associate head coach Brian Hills for three seasons (2001-2003) before serving three seasons as the head coach at his high school alma mater, Aquinas (2004-2006). Schultz led the Little Irish to a 54-14-3 record, including a runner-up finish at the 2006 New York State Class A Championship after winning the Section V Class A title. He was inducted to the Aquinas Hall of Fame in 2017.
Schultz graduated from Geneseo in 1997 with a dual degree in special education and history before completing a master's degree in education in 2002 at SUNY Brockport. As a student-athlete, Schultz was a two-time captain for the Knights while finishing with 55 career points (26 goals, 29 assists).
Prior to his collegiate career, Schultz played one season with the Rochester Monarchs junior hockey team, serving as team captain and setting a team record with seven short-handed goals in 1993. He left Aquinas as the eighth-highest scorer in school history and 38th all-time in Section V.