This release Tuesday from the WCHA:
Eight coaches have been named finalists for the 2011 Spencer Penrose Award, given to the NCAA Division I men’s coach of the year.
The nominees represent any coach who won or shared Coach of the Year honors in his conference, along with coaches whose teams have advanced to the NCAA Division I semifinals.
Of this year’s finalists, five were past recipients and one, Jeff Jackson of Notre Dame, is both an NCAA semifinalists and a conference Coach of the Year (CCHA) this season.
The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex, site of the first ten NCAA championship hockey tournaments. It will be presented at the AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet in Naples, Florida, on Saturday evening, April 30. The winner will be announced following the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship scheduled for April 7 and 9 in St. Paul, MN.
2011 AHCA Menâ€™s Ice Hockey Spencer Penrose Award Candidates
Red Berenson, Michiganâ€” NCAA Semifinalist*
Dean Blais, Nebraska Omahaâ€”WCHA Coach of the Year*
Dave Hakstol, North Dakotaâ€” NCAA Semifinalist
Jeff Jackson, Notre Dameâ€”CCHA Coach of the Year and NCAA Semifinalist*
Nate Leaman, Unionâ€”ECAC Coach of the Year
Paul Pearl, Holy Crossâ€”AHA Coach of the Year
Scott Sandelin, Minnesota Duluthâ€” NCAA Semifinalist*
Jerry York, Boston Collegeâ€”HE Coach of the Year*
* Past Spencer Penrose Award Winner