Laura Halldorson Named Division I Women's Hockey Coach of the Year
GopherFor the third time since 1998, Golden Gopher women's hockey head coach Laura Halldorson has been named the American Hockey Coaches Association's Division I Coach of the Year. Halldorson led the Gophers to a 30-4-2 record, the WCHA regular season and Final Five championships, and the 2004 NCAA Division I Women's Hockey title in Providence, RI. Along with the honor in 1998, Halldorson received the award in the 2001-02 season when the team made their first appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.
In her seven-year tenure at Minnesota, Halldorson owns a 190-42-18 and has posted a 249-117-27 career mark. Prior to her stint at Minnesota, Halldorson coached at Colby College from 1989-96. The women's hockey team is the only women's sport at Minnesota to earn national championship honors. Halldorson and Minnesota were national champions once before, in 2000, when the event was played under the American Women's College Hockey Alliance (AWCHA).
College hockey's Coach of the Year recipients are chosen by members of the AHCA. Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's banquet is scheduled for Saturday, April 24.
Finalists for the 2003-04 AHCA Women's Ice Hockey Division One Coach of the Year Award: Adam Brinker (Findlay), Bob Deraney (Providence), Paul Flanagan (St. Lawrence), Laura Halldorson (Minnesota) Mark Hudak (Dartmouth), Mike Sisti (Mercyhurst), Katey Stone (Harvard), Jeff Vizenor (Minnesota State), Scott Wiley (Colgate) and Joy Woog (Northeastern).
Past Recipients 1998 Laura Halldorson, Minnesota 1999 Katey Stone, Harvard University 2000 Judy Oberting, Dartmouth College 2001 Paul Flanagan, St. Lawrence 2002 Laura Halldorson, Minnesota 2003 Shannon Miller, Minnesota-Duluth 2004 Laura Halldorson, Minnesota