Leaman named INCH National Coach of the Year
Union hockey coach Nate Leaman has been named Inside College Hockey's National Coach of the Year, it was announced this morning.
Leaman, who won ECAC Hockey's Tim Taylor Coach of the Year and is a finalist for the American Hockey Coaches Association's Spencer Penrose Award, guided the Dutchmen to a third-place finish in the league and a 21-12-6 overall record. They reached the ECACH tournament for the first time in their 19-year Division I history.
"A lot of coaches lead their teams to better-than-expected finishes every year," wrote INCH ECAC Hockey correspondent Joe Gladziszewski. "Others lead teams that fail to meet expectations. For Union and head coach Nate Leaman, expectations were exceeded. It was the best season in the program’s 19-year Division I history that included a school-record 21 wins, its first appearance in the ECAC Hockey championship weekend and title game and a place in the national rankings for  straight weeks.
"The tangible results and achievement are excellent. Other, less measurable data also trends positively for the Dutchmen. A once-dormant Messa Rink is now the place to be on campus Friday and Saturday nights, and the change in attitude around the program is such that winning is now an expectation. This isn’t a one-and-done run for Union."