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Mike Hastings Named Men’s Hockey National Coach of Year
Hastings led Mavericks to school-record 29 wins, WCHA regular season and tournament titles and a third consecutive NCAA tournament berth.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Communications Office News Release, 4-9-2015
Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State University, Mankato head coach Mike Hastings has been named STX/AHCA Men's Hockey NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.
Hastings led Minnesota State Mankato to its third consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason in 2014-15 while guiding the Mavericks to a school record for wins with a 29-8-3 record. Rated #1 in the country five times during the course of the season, the Mavericks won the Broadmoor Trophy for the second consecutive year, while a 21-4-3 league mark gave the school its first MacNaughton Cup as conference regular-season champs. The Crookston, Minn., native was named 2014-15 WCHA Coach of the Year.
"Being nominated for this award is truly very humbling. I have been fortunate this year to work with two of the best assistant coaches in the game today in Todd Knott and Darren Blue," said Hastings. "Coaches go nowhere without their players and I enjoyed the journey with this group in the 2014-15 season. I'm very honored to be selected for this award and to be included in the group of finalists alone is a tremendous honor."
In his three seasons at Minnesota State Mankato, Hastings has led the Mavericks to a 79-36-7 (.676) ledger and no team in the nation has more wins than Minnesota State Mankato during that period.
"We are extremely proud of this recognition for Coach Hastings and it is certainly well-deserved," said Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State Mankato's director of athletics. "During my career, I have had the good fortune of working with a number of coaches who have achieved this level of distinction, but Mike is quickly rising to the top in terms of being one of the best I have ever been around. Coach Hastings is very humble and will be quick to credit others including his players, assistant coaches, and support staff for their role in the program's success and in achieving this type of honor and rightfully so. On the other hand, it all starts with great leadership, and Mike personifies the passion, commitment, and dedication that inspires greatness and we are thrilled to have these efforts so profoundly acknowledged by others in the sport."
Hastings will be presented the Spencer Penrose Award as this year's national coach of the year at May 2 during the American Hockey Coaches Association annual convention in Naples, Fla.
The American Hockey Association release for this award is located HERE.