Mandigo Is Named National Coach Of The Year

April 6, 2005

4/6/05 - <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College women's hockey coach Bill Mandigo has been named the AHCA (American Hockey Coaches Association) national coach of the year. This marks the third time Mandigo has won the award after garnering the honor in '01 and '04.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Earlier this season, Mandigo became the all-time leader in wins among all NCAA women's hockey coaches. The 17-year head coach now holds a career mark of 302-84-11 (.775), surpassing John Marchetti's 294 wins amassed at Providence and Yale from '81-'02 (294-173-26 - .623).

This season was another exceptional one for Mandigo and his Panther team. Middlebury amassed a 26-3-1 record en route to NESCAC and NCAA Championships.

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, four national titles and three NESCAC Championships. Mandigo was also named the  ECAC Coach of the Year in '01.

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.

Mandigo also works as the receivers coach for the football team in the fall.