Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mark Johnson Named Nation's Top Coach


For the third time in four years, Mark Johnson has been named the best Division I women's college coach in the nation.
The American Hockey Coaches Association bestowed that honor on him Wednesday following a season in which Johnson's Wisconsin Badgers went 34-2-5 and won both the WCHA and NCAA postseason tournaments.
The runner-up was Mike Sisti of Mercyhurst College, whose Lakers lost to Wisconsin in the NCAA championship game.
Johnson's three awards represents the most for any individual coach in the 12-year history of the honor. The reigning WCHA Coach of the Year also won the AHCA award in the Badgers' back-to-back national championship seasons of 2006 and 2007.
Johnson, who will step away from the UW bench next season to lead the U.S. women's hockey team into the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, will receive his award April 25 in Naples, Fla., during the AHCA convention.
In seven seasons as coach of the Badgers, Johnson has a career record of 210-39-22, and his winning percentage of .815 ranks him top among active Division I women's coaches. It great to see these kind of awards go to coaches at UW. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!