March 25, 2009
Keith Allain '80, in his third season as Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, added to his 2008-09 accolades today by being named national coach of the year by College Hockey News (collegehockeynews.com/CHN).
Allain, who played at Yale and served as an assistant coach under Tim Taylor, won the Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year a week ago after the Bulldogs (24-7-2) won the conference regular season championship. Since then, the Blue won its first-ever ECAC Tournament Championship, qualified for its first NCAA Tournament in 11 years and surpassed the school's record for wins in a season.
Allain's Elis, ranked No. 5 in both national polls, skate Friday at 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU) against No. 10/11 Vermont in the 2009 NCAA East Regional at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.
Allain has increased Yale's win total in each of his three seasons and helped the Elis enjoy their best ever this winter after being picked seventh in both pre-season ECAC polls.
He is a former Yale goalie who worked as a Bulldog assistant before coaching in Sweden (6 years) and in the NHL (17 years).
"Keith Allain has done a fantastic job. You have to think he's the national coach of the year," said ESPN analyst Barry Melrose on ESPN2's March 22 NCAA selection show.
According to CHN, the other coaches in the running for the award were Northeastern's Greg Cronin, Alaska's Dallas Ferguson and North Dakota's Dave Hakstol.