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Team Staff Profile - Steve McIsaac


Position:
Head Coach/ Scheduler

Email:

Phone:
(603)234-4979

Current Team:
(M2) New Hampshire, University of

Bio:

The 2013-2014 season for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats ACHA Hockey Team was filled with many great accomplishments.  The team finished with a 27-7-0 overall record, earned their first Super East Collegiate Hockey League (SECHL) Championship title defeating a very tough William Paterson University in overtime 5-4 and took home their first ACHA Men’s Division 2 National Championship defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 5-3.
 
Yet, despite the ultimate success of the Wildcats, their season started slow. The team faced an uphill battle after starting the season off with a record of 3-4 through the first 7 games.  However, with help from assistant coaches Scott Behan, Brett Berger, and Chris Laganas the team found a way to come together and bought into the systems which helped pave the way to the National Championships by rattling off 13 wins in a row over the course of almost three months before losing another game.
 
McIsaac said that he thought the team’s “come-together moment-of-the-year” occurred when they were able to witness the powerful influence of the Make-A-Wish Foundation after hosting the Granite State Cup charity game against Keene State College.  The team won the game 8-1, however, it was interacting with and hearing the stories of the two families that benefited by simply playing a hockey game that really sunk in with the team.
 
The 2013-2014 season marked the fourth consecutive trip to the National Tournament for the Wildcats, where prior to this year their highest finish was 8th in the country. The team’s success this year was largely due to the depth of the roster and strong leadership by the senior class.  
 
McIsaac began his coaching career as an assistant under his former hockey coach Jerimey Braley at New Hampshire. He held the assistant position from 2006-2007 thru 2008-2009.  McIsaac was then named the Head Coach of the team at the start of the 2009-2010 season and has since amassed a 99-55-7 record.  Following the 2012-2013 season, Steve was honored as the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Northeast Region Coach of the Year.  He was also chosen last summer as an assistant coach for the 2013-2014 ACHA Men’s D2 Select Team that traveled to the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, and Slovakia, winning 5 out of 6 games.
 
Outside of the rink, Steve owns Homestead Adjusters, an independent insurance adjusting firm.  Steve Currently resides in Hampton, NH with his wife Jennifer and their infant son Kamden.
 
STEVE MCISAAC’S CAREER COLLEGIATE COACHING RECORD
SEASON W L T/OL/SL WIN %
2013-2014 NEW HAMPSHIRE 27 7 0 79.4%
2012-2013 NEW HAMPSHIRE 19 8 1 69.6%
2011-2012 NEW HAMPSHIRE 15 16 3 48.5%
2010-2011 NEW HAMPSHIRE 22 10 2 67.6%
2009-2010 NEW HAMPSHIRE 16 14 1 53.2%
TOTALS 99 55 7 63.7%
 
Past Winners of the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year Award:
 
YEAR COACH SCHOOL
2013-2014 Steve McIsaac University of New Hampshire
2012-2013 Brian Corley Illinois State University
2011-2012 Fred Carpenito Northeastern University
2010-2011 Mike Forbes Grand Valley State University
2009-2010 Aaron Voegtli University of Maryland-Baltimore County
2008-2009 Bob Brinkworth Florida Gulf Coast University
2007-2008 Paul Lowden Davenport University
2006-2007 Jim Martin Michigan State University
2005-2006 Ron Glasow San Jose State University
2004-2005 Alex Piotrowski Michigan State University
2003-2004 Sam Kelly Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2002-2003 Ken Fikis University of Colorado
2001-2002 Steve Hetherman New York University
2000-2001 Rich Holdeman Indiana University
 

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