Every weekday from June 12-27, we will be looking back at the "Top Shelf Moments" from the thrilling 2016-17 WCHA Women's League season. Up next on our countdown is…
Moment 11: Coaching Milestones
We kicked off our 12 "Top Shelf Moments" from the 2016-17 WCHA season with a look at the impressive head coaching debut of Nadine Muzerall. Perhaps in several years, she will be the subject of a celebratory moment such as this: Honoring two coaching icons, Wisconsin's Mark Johnson and Minnesota's Brad Frost, for achieving milestone victories.
With the Badgers' 4-1 win Oct. 15 at Clarkson, Johnson became the first head coach in WCHA history – and just the third in NCAA National Collegiate (D-1) women's hockey annals – to reach the 400-victory plateau. Having just completed his 14th season, the seven-time WCHA Coach of the Year is 428-78-39 (.821) in his illustrious career – all spent at his alma mater, Wisconsin. The WCHA's all-time winningest coach, Johnson will enter the 2017-18 campaign trailing a pair of fellow active coaches – Harvard's Katey Stone (451 wins over 23 years) and Mercyhurst's Michael Sisti (444 in 18) – on the NCAA's D-1 women's victories list.
Johnson's milestone win came as Wisconsin completed a road sweep over the eventual national champions, and was part of the Badgers' 12-game unbeaten run (11-0-1) to start the 2016-17 campaign. By season's end, UW had repeated as WCHA regular season champions, won its third-consecutive WCHA Final Face-Off title, made its 11th NCAA tournament, advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Women's Frozen Four (and 10th overall) and played in its seventh national championship game. All the Badgers' NCAA tournament appearances have come under Johnson's watch, as he has led UW to four national championships (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011). He has also guided Wisconsin to six WCHA regular season titles and a league-record seven playoff crowns.
When the Gophers won 2-1 at Ohio State on Oct. 22, Frost became the 11th bench boss in NCAA D-1 women's hockey history to earn 300 wins (and just the third to win 300-plus all in the WCHA, joining Johnson and Minnesota Duluth's Shannon Miller). Now with 10 seasons behind the bench, Frost has compiled a 319-53-27 (.833) mark to stand as Minnesota's all-time winningest coach (ninth-most in NCAA D-1 annals).
Minnesota, which has never finished below second place during Frost's tenure, kept that streak alive in 2016-17, a season which saw the Gophers advance to their sixth-straight Frozen Four (and eighth overall in the last 10 years). Frost and the Gophers have won four of the last six national championships, including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 and again in 2015 and 2016. A four-time WCHA Coach of the Year, Frost has guided Minnesota to five league regular season crowns and three Final Face-Off championships.
Also of note, North Dakota's Brian Idalski captured his 275th career victory – and program-best 169th with UND – with the Fighting Hawks' 3-2 triumph over Ohio State on Feb. 18.
|All-Time Wins Leaders, NCAA National Collegiate Women
Minimum 10 years as a head coach at an NCAA National Collegiate school; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution
|*Katey Stone (Harvard 1995-2017)||23||451||208||46||.672|
|*Michael Sisti (Mercyhurst 2000-17)||18||444||146||44||.735|
|*Mark Johnson (Wisconsin 2003-09, 2001-17)||14||428||78||39||.821|
|Shannon Miller (Minnesota Duluth 2000-15)||18||383||144||59||.707|
|*Paul Flanagan(St. Lawrence 2000-08, Syracuse 2009-17)||18||367||225||59||.609|
|Laura Halldorson (Colby 1990-96, Minnesota 1998-2007)||17||337||142||31||.691|
|*Jeff Kampersal (Princeton 1997-2017)||21||327||261||58||.551|
|Heather Linstad(Northeastern 1993-2000, Connecticut 2001-13)||21||322||289||81||.524|
|*Brad Frost (Minnesota 2008-17)||10||319||53||27||.833|
|Digit Murphy (Brown 1990-2011)||22||318||244||57||.560|
|*Bob Deraney (Providence 2000-17)||18||302||275||66||.521|
|John Marchetti (Providence 1981-94, Yale 1998-2002)||19||294||173||26||.623|
|Rick Seeley (Manhattanville 2000-02, Clarkson 2004-08, Quinnipiac 2009-15)||15||278||174||56||.602|
|*Brian Idalski (UW-Stevens Point 2002-06, North Dakota 2008-17)||15||277||177||50||.599|
|Russ McCurdy (New Hampshire 1978-92)||15||264||36||10||.868|
|Brian McCloskey (New Hampshire 2003-14)||12||255||127||40||.652|
|*Brian Durocher (Boston University 2006-17)||12||250||141||49||.624|
|Jackie Barto (Providence 1995-99, Ohio State 2000-11)||17||248||272||54||.479|
|*Katie Crowley (Boston College 2008-17)||10||248||80||44||.726|
|Mark Hudak (Dartmouth 2004-16)||13||224||143||33||.601|
|*Doug Derraugh (Cornell 2006-17)||12||222||135||33||.612|
|Karen Kay (New Hampshire 1993-2002)||10||215||90||25||.689|
|Don MacLeod (Northeastern 1982-92)||11||210||60||6||.772|
|* denotes coached in 2016-17
Bold denotes coaches/coached in the WCHA