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The 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Men's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award, presented by Harrow Sports
, goes to Brian Corley
of Illinois State University, as selected by the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Awards Committee, which includes Regional Ranking Coordinators and former winners of the Coach-of-the-Year. This is the first ACHA Men's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award for Brian.
Brian will be presented his ACHA Men's Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award at the American Hockey Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year Celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, FL.
The 2012-2013 season was the culmination of eight years of development for Brian Corley's Illinois State Redbirds. The team finished a challenging schedule with a record of 26-5-1. They were rewarded with a #4 ranking in the Central Region. This led to a fifth consecutive regional playoff weekend where the Redbirds got the two wins needed to move on to their first ever ACHA Men’s Division 2 National Tournament. At the National Tournament, the Pool C #3 seeded Redbirds raced through pool play upsetting both top seeds, #1 Marist College and #2 Penn State University, to advance to the semi-finals. The team fell short to powerhouse and #1 Pool A Seed Grand Valley State University 1-0, as the Lakers scored the game-winner with only 3 minutes to go in the game. Illinois State finished the season ranked #3 in the nation, their highest finish in school history.
Corley relates, “The head coach is much like the driver of a race car. While some talent is needed by the driver, it is all the components of the car working together at the highest level of balance and function possible that turns a team into a consistent winner.” For the past five years the team's technician has been Associate Head Coach Jeff Brown. Coach Brown had the primary responsibility for practice planning, and running the defense during games. Travelling nearly two hours to practice each way, twice weekly, his commitment cannot be overstated. The team's captains have been a critical component to success over the years. Jon Luevano was outstanding this season, bringing his passion for excellence and team chemistry to a level never seen before at ISU. Then there are the players. Brian relates, "The truth is, without each and every player on this roster, we would not have achieved what we did. Each player fulfilled their role with enthusiasm and that created a team with the talent and depth that could not be overcome by most of our opponents."
Brian who had some success coaching with the Peoria Jr. Rivermen program received a call in August 2005 and was asked to take over Illinois State after a dismal 1-23 season in 2004. Up for a new challenge, Corley dove in with the help of his Peoria Assistant Coach Ferleyko. With only 7 players at tryouts, the rebuilding was going to take some time. In his first and only losing season as a coach or player (10-15-2), Corley assembled the foundation to what would become one of the top teams in the nation. In his second year, the team went 31-2-4 and they were on their way, with an ACHA Central Region Final Ranking of #11. Coach Brown joined for the 2008 season and brought a new level of sophistication to the program from his experience with Bob Suter and the Madison Capitals AAA program. Together the two have compiled 111 wins in 177 games during the past five seasons, including five consecutive trips to the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association - Gold Division Playoffs and the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Regional Tournament.
Born in Chicago and raised in Park Ridge, IL, Brian has worked as a psychologist for the past 28 years based in the Bloomington School District. Katharine, his wife of 29 years is a kindergarten teacher. "The combination of psychology and teaching defines a coach", according to Corley, "and it also makes for solid parenting." The couple's son Jake played at Illinois State from 2007-2011 and now teaches industrial technology at a local high school. Their daughter Hannah, an accomplished gymnast, is graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University and will be working as a nurse at a Bloomington hospital. Brian and Katharine love their summers at their farm in central Illinois, recovering from the demands of the school year and the hockey season.
BRIAN CORLEY’S CAREER COLLEGIATE COACHING RECORD
|2005-2006 ILLINOIS STATE
|2006-2007 ILLINOIS STATE
|2007-2008 ILLINOIS STATE
|2008-2009 ILLINOIS STATE
|2009-2010 ILLINOIS STATE
|2010-2011 ILLINOIS STATE
|2011-2012 ILLINOIS STATE
|2012-2013 ILLINOIS STATE
Past Winners of the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award:
||Illinois State University
||Grand Valley State University
||University of Maryland-Baltimore County
||Florida Gulf Coast University
||Michigan State University
||San Jose State University
||Michigan State University
||Indiana University of Pennsylvania
||University of Colorado
||New York University