Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software

2011-2012 Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year, Presented by Harrow Sports

2012-04-01


The 2012 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award, presented by Harrow Sports, goes to M.F. Schurman of the University of Delaware, as selected by the Head Coaches of ACHA Men's Division 1.

The 2012 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award, presented by Harrow Sports, goes to M.F. Schurman of the University of Delaware, as selected by the Head Coaches of ACHA Men's Division 1.  This is the first ACHA Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award for M.F and the 2nd for the University of Delaware, which also won in 2000-01 with Josh Brandwene at the helm.

.                                                        

The other finalists for the ACHA Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award were:

  • Jeremy Bachusz of Oakland University
  • Greg Powers of Arizona State University
  • Rick Zombo of Lindenwood University

.

M.F. will be presented his ACHA Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award at the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year Celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, FL.

.

The 2011-12 season was a crowning achievement for M.F. Schurman’s and his University of Delaware Blue Hens, including: winning the 2012 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship for the first time in team history; winning the Regular Season Championship of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) with a 15-1-0 record and being named ESCHL Coach-of-the-Year;  a 34-3-1 overall record including 12 and 9-game winning streaks and a 24-1-1 start to the season; posting a 9-1-1 record against the Top 10, including wins over #2 Oakland, #3 Penn State, #4 Lindenwood, #5 Ohio, #9 Arizona State, and #10 Liberty, as well as victories over seven other Top 25 ranked teams (Illinois, Davenport, West Virginia, Rutgers, Stony Brook, Rhode Island, and West Chester); playing 32 of its 38 games against Top 25 teams and claiming a 28-3-1 record in those games; peaking as the #2 ranked team for the final 7 rankings of the season; and a win over Davenport University, the 2010-11 Men’s Division 1 National Champions and Davenport’s first loss at a National Tournament since 2007.

.

“This year at our first team meeting in the fall,” M.F. pronounced, “all we talked about was winning the last game of the year,” clearly a reference to winning a National Championship. M.F. credits his players and assistant coaches for the team's success in achieving that goal. “We had a motivated group of upperclassmen that showed great leadership, especially our Captains. We also had depth which created peer pressure and competition for playing time. Assistant Coaches Jesse McNulty, Jordan Legath, John O’Connor, and Nick Matarese were instrumental in implementing the system. We were particularly proud of the defensive side of our game which produced a team goals-against-average of 2.17! I really enjoy coaching this level and find a tremendous amount of youthful energy being on a college campus.” 

.

Many people say of their jobs, they like them so much that they would be willing to do them for free, so it is fitting that Schurman and his entire staff are volunteer coaches at the University of Delaware.

.

In May of 2010, M.F. took over as Head Coach of the University of Delaware Blue Hens. Having coached Junior Hockey for the previous 10 years it was a welcome change for M.F. After failing to qualify for the National Tournament in 2009-10 season, the Blue Hens opened the 2010-11 season ranked number 15, moving as high as number 3 before settling in at number 5 in the final ranking of the season. That was good enough to qualify in the upper echelon of the 16-team field at the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, where the host Blue Hens made it to the National Semifinals before losing to the eventual National Runners-Up from Lindenwood.  

.

A native of Summerside, Prince Edward Island in Canada, M.F. played Junior A hockey in his hometown, went to Mount Allison University in New Brunswick for 2 years, then embarked on an 8-year professional career that included a stint with the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

.

The highlights of M.F.’s pro career include: playing with the Hartford Whalers during the 1979-80 season on a line with boyhood idol and NHL Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe; playing on championship teams with the Western International Hockey League’s Spokane Flyers in 1977-78 and the American Hockey League’s Maine Mariners in 1978-79 and 1983-84; and suiting up for the International Hockey League’s All-Star Game in 1978-79 while scoring the winning goal for the North Team at the 1982-83 Central Hockey League All-Star Game. 

.

M.F. began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at the University of Prince Edward Island.  After moving to San Diego, CA at the conclusion of his playing career, M.F. was instrumental in starting Tier hockey in the San Diego area, taking the Midget Tier II team to the USA Hockey National Championships in 1995.  M.F. was the Director of Coaches for the San Diego Gulls Amateur Hockey Club and filled in as Interim Coach of the Pro San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League on a number of occasions.  In 2001 M.F. founded the San Diego Surf Junior A hockey team and was its Owner, General Manager and Head Coach from the 2001-02 season through the 2007-08 season.  For the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, M.F. moved to the east coast and coached the Philadelphia Little Flyers Junior A team in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.
.
M.F. has been teaching hockey skills and power skating for more than 30 years. During this time he has worked with all levels from beginners through professional players. 
 

.

M.F. is the proud father of 5 daughters (Courtney, Ashley, Taylor, McKenzie and Lauren) and 2 granddaughters (Hailey and Brooklyn). M.F. and his wife Suzy, a former United States Olympic ice dancer, reside in Newark, DE.

.

M.F. SCHURMAN CAREER COLLEGIATE COACHING RECORD

SEASON

W

L

T/OL/SL

WIN %

2010-2011 DELAWARE

31

6

2

82.1%

2011-2012 DELAWARE

34

3

1

90.8%

TOTALS

65

9

3

86.4%

.

Past Winners of the ACHA Men’s Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year Award:

YEAR

COACH

SCHOOL

2011-2012

M.F. Schurman

University of Delaware

2010-2011

Dan Phelps

Adrian College

2009-2010

Jeremy Goltz

Arizona State University

2008-2009

Craig McAlister

University of Central Oklahoma

2007-2008

Chad Cassel

University of Illinois

2006-2007

Scott Balboni

Penn State University

2005-2006

Joe Augustine

University of Rhode Island

2004-2005

Joe Augustine

University of Rhode Island

2003-2004

Dan Morris

Ohio University

2002-2003

Chad Cassel

University of Illinois

2001-2002

Joe Battista

Penn State University

2000-2001

Bob Zion

Eastern Michigan University

Josh Brandwene

University of Delaware

1999-2000

Joe Battista

Penn State University

 






Goalline Sports Administration Systems
Powered by Goalline Hockey Software