Mandigo Is Named National Coach Of The Year

March 31, 2004

4/1/04 - Middlebury College women's hockey coach Bill Mandigo has been voted by his peers as the Division III Women's Hockey National Coach the Year. After losing two of his top four scorers from last season, he led Middlebury to a 24-4 record this season and its first NCAA and third national championship. Mandigo, who also received this honor in 2001, just completed his 16th year at Middlebury where he has achieved a record of 278-81-10. Those numbers make him the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division III women's ice hockey.

After leading his team to its first ECAC Alliance Championship in '96, Mandigo was named the ECAC Women's Hockey Alliance Coach of the Year. Since then, he has led the team to five more ECAC titles, three national titles and a NESCAC Championship.

A 1983 graduate of Wesleyan University, Mandigo began his coaching career at his alma mater as the assistant hockey coach for the men's varsity, serving for two years after his graduation. Mandigo moved on to The Hill School, where he was the boys' head hockey coach from 1985 to 1987. After one year at Burrillville High School in Rhode Island, he moved to Middlebury in the fall of 1988 as the head women's hockey coach and as an assistant coach in both football and baseball. He continues his football duties in the fall at Middlebury. Mandigo works at numerous summer hockey camps and is an active member of the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association. He is also a member of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee.