Chris Schultz enters his 14th season leading the Geneseo men’s ice hockey program in 2019-20.
The 2014 and 2016 Edward Jeremiah Award Winner as the Division III National Coach of the Year, Schultz was hired by his alma mater in 2006 as only the fourth head coach in the program’s now 44-year history. He has guided the Knights to the postseason on 13 occasions, including a home playoff game each time. Named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year four of the last eight seasons (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), Schultz was also a finalist for the Jeremiah Award in 2011 and 2013 before finishing runner-up in 2019.
The Schultz File
2006-07 | 16-10-0 (.615)
2007-08 | 8-17-0 (.320)
2008-09 | 14-12-1 (.528)
2009-10 | 13-10-2 (.560)
2010-11 | 6-8-2 (.654)
2011-12 | 13-12-1 (.519)
2012-13 | 17-9-1 (.648)
2013-14 | 23-7-0 (.767) - SUNYAC Runner-Up, NCAA Frozen Four
2014-15 | 12-10-4 (.538)
2015-16 | 20-4-6 (.767) - SUNYAC Champion, NCAA Frozen Four
2016-17 | 17-7-3 (.685)
2017-18 | 20-5-3 (.768) - SUNYAC Champion, NCAA Quarterfinals
2018-19 | 25-2-2 (.926) - SUNYAC Champion, NCAA Frozen Four
13 seasons - 214-115-25 (.640)
Schultz guided Geneseo to a record-breaking 2018-19 campaign, finishing with a 25-2-2 record for the winningest season in program history. The Knights compiled a 13-1-2 SUNYAC mark to earn the SUNYAC Tournament top seed, before defeating Fredonia, 5-2, and Oswego, 4-3, for their second straight and third SUNYAC Championship in four years. Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six seasons, Geneseo defeated visiting Manhattanville, 8-2, to clinch its third Frozen Four appearance since 2014, before falling to Norwich (Vt.), 4-2, in a game played at UW-Stevens Point. The Knights led the nation with 4.90 goals per game, including the top power play unit that converted nearly 30 percent of its extra-man opportunities, while setting Division III records with 12 shutouts and a 1.31 scoring defense. Geneseo also ranked No. 3 in the final national poll for the highest finish in program history.
Under Schultz’s watch, 10 Knights have earned 13 All-America honors. Devin McDonald ’19 was voted the 2019 Sid Watson Award winner as the Division III National Player of the Year and was one of six First-Team All-Americans Schultz has mentored.
All-Americans Under Schultz
(13 Awards/10 Honorees)
2019 – Devin McDonald 1st Team Goalie (Sid Watson Award - D3 Player of the Year)
2019 – Conlan Keenan 1st Team Forward
2019 – Duggie Lagrone 1st Team Defense
2019 – Andrew Romano 2nd Team Forward
2018 - Pat Condon 2nd Team Defense
2018 - Conlan Keenan 3rd Team Forward
2017 - Stephen Collins 1st Team Forward (Sid Watson Award Runner-Up)
2016 - Stephen Collins 1st Team Forward
2016 - Trevor Hills 2nd Team Forward
2016 - Pat Condon 3rd Team Defense
2014 - Zachary Vit 1st Team Forward
2011 - Danny Scagnelli 3rd Team Defense
2007 - Mitch Stephens 1st Team Forward
Schultz led the 2017-18 Knights to their second SUNYAC Championship in three years, defeating Buffalo State, 5-2, in the semifinals and Fredonia, 7-1, in back-to-back home games. Earning an automatic NCAA Tournament bid, Geneseo defeated Hobart on the road, 4-2, before falling on a last-second goal to visiting Colby, 2-1, in the national quarterfinals to finish with a 20-6-3 record.
Schultz oversaw a run to the Frozen Four as well as the program’s first SUNYAC Championship in 10 seasons during the 2015-16 campaign. Seeded third for the SUNYAC Tournament, Geneseo defeated Potsdam, 4-1, in a home first-round game, before moving past second-seeded Buffalo State, 6-1, on the road to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to the Bengals. The Knights upset top-seeded Plattsburgh, 7-1, to win their first title since back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 and account for the 150th victory of Schultz’s coaching career. Geneseo defeated Salve Regina (R.I.), 7-1, and Williams (Mass.), 2-1, in a pair of home NCAA Tournament games to punch its ticket to historic Lake Placid, N.Y. for a date with UW-Stevens Point in the national semifinals. Succumbing, 5-1, to the eventual national champions, the Knights finished with a 20-5-6 while landing fifth in the final USCHO.com national poll.
Schultz guided the program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in 2013-14, finishing the season with a then school record-tying 23-7-0 mark. Also compiling the best SUNYAC record (14-2) ever by a Geneseo squad, the Knights closed the regular season with six-straight victories to clinch the SUNYAC regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the conference tournament. Following a first-round bye, Geneseo shutout Buffalo State, 2-0, in the semifinals to earn its first championship appearance in nine seasons. In a wild shootout against defending champion Oswego in front of a sold-out Wilson Ice Arena crowd, Geneseo came back from a 5-1 late second-period deficit to tie the game, 6-6, before succumbing on a Laker goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. Receiving an NCAA at-large bid, Geneseo defeated visiting Nichols (Mass.), 3-2, and Norwich (Vt.), 3-2, for the first NCAA Tournament wins in program history, before falling, 6-2, to eventual national champion St. Norbert (Wisc.) in a game played at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
With Schultz behind the bench, the Knights have the accumulated the third-highest number of wins in the conference while garnering a national rankings every year but one. In 2012-13, Schultz led the Knights to their highest win total in seven years, finishing with 17-9-1 record that included an 11-4-1 league mark and the third seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. The 2010-11 campaign saw the Knights climb as high as No. 6 in the national rankings en route to a 16-8-2 record and the second seed for the SUNYAC Tournament with a 10-5-1 league finish.
In his inaugural season in 2006-07, Schultz led the Knights to a 16-10 record and a 10-4 SUNYAC mark that was only four points behind eventual national champion Oswego. It was only the third time in the previous 16 season that Geneseo has won more than 15 games.
A native of Chili, N.Y., Schultz was an assistant coach at Geneseo under current RIT associate head coach Brian Hills for three seasons (2000-2003) before serving three seasons as the head coach at his high school alma mater, Aquinas Institute (2003-2006). A private catholic school located in nearby Rochester, N.Y., Schultz led the Little Irish to a 54-14-3 record, including a runner-up finish for the 2006 New York State Class A Championship after winning the Section V Class A title.
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). A member of the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List and All-Academic Team, he was awarded ECAC East Region USAir Rookie of the Week on one occasion.
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.
A resident of Livonia, N.Y., Schultz and his wife, Christy, have two sons -- Will and Drew.