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Lindenwood’s Rick Zombo Named ACHA M1 Coach of the Year

Lindenwood University’s Zombo Named American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Coach of the Year

 

Lions Head Coach Named for Second Time in 11th Season

                                                                                                          

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (May 7, 2021) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that Lindenwood University Head Coach Rick Zombo has been named the 2021 Men’s Division 1 Coach of the Year, as selected by ACHA Men's D-1 head coaches.  This is the second ACHA Men's Division 1 Coach of the Year Award for Rick (2016), who has now been a finalist five times (2012, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021).

 

Zombo was chosen from a group of finalists that included Adrian College’s Gary Astalos, Kirk Handy of Liberty University, Frank DiCristofaro Jr. of Indiana Tech, and Wade Regier of Minot State University.

 

The Lions finished the 2020-2021 season with a 16-2-0 record and qualified for the ACHA Men's Division Nationals Championships for the 17th consecutive season.  Lindenwood put together a 12-game winning streak to start the season, holding the No.1 ranking until the third week of March. 

 

Despite the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) regular season not being contested due to COVID-19, the Lions still captured the CSCHL Playoff Championship for the fourth consecutive season after defeating Ohio University 8-3 and Iowa State 9-2. 

 

After eleven seasons, Zombo’s career record stands at 258-93-18, including six regular season CSCHL Championships, six CSCHL Playoff Championships, and six Men’s Division 1 National Championship semi-final appearances to go along with the 2016 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship.

 

Zombo, a 12-year National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman, just completed his 11th season as head coach of the Lindenwood University Men's Ice Hockey Team. In his first year, Zombo led the Lions to the finals of the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships, but came up just short of capturing the third straight title for the program, falling in overtime.  Since then, Lindenwood advanced to the semifinals in 2012 and the finals in 2013, before being bounced in the first round in 2014 and quarterfinals in 2015.


Prior to being elevated to head coach during the summer of 2010, Zombo was the assistant coach under former head coach Derek Schaub. Zombo was instrumental in directing defensive play and the recruiting process for the Lions. During his two seasons as assistant coach, Lindenwood won the CSCHL regular season and post season title once and also captured two ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships.

Before beginning his tenure at Lindenwood, Zombo spent a season as the head coach and general manager of the Heartland Eagles in the USHL and three seasons with the St. Louis Sting in the NAHL. He also coached Marquette High School in St. Louis for three seasons and headed up Team Missouri at the Chicago Showcase.

Before his coaching career, Zombo spent 12 seasons in the NHL, including four years with the St. Louis Blues. He was selected 149th overall in the eighth round of the 1981 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He played for the Red Wings for eight seasons before being traded to the Blues early in the 1991-92 season. His final year in the NHL was during the 1995-96 campaign when he wore the Boston Bruins sweater. Zombo also spent parts of his first three professional seasons with the Adirondack Red Wings and won a Calder Cup with them in 1986.

Zombo finished his NHL career with 652 regular season games played, 24 career goals and 130 career assists. He also skated in 60 playoff games where he recorded one postseason goal and 11 assists.

While in college, Zombo was a three-time letter winner on defense with North Dakota from 1981-84. He won an NCAA national championship in his freshman season and earned a spot on the United States National Team at the World Junior Hockey Championships during his sophomore season. He served as captain of the Fighting Sioux in his junior season and totaled 63 points in his college career at North Dakota.

 

Rick resides in Wildwood, Missouri.  Rick has three children: Dominic, Jessica, and Garrett.

 

RICK ZOMBO’S CAREER COLLEGIATE COACHING RECORD

SEASON

W

L

T/OL/SL

WIN %

2020-2021 LINDENWOOD * %

16

2

0

88.9%

2019-2020 LINDENWOOD * # %

27

7

0

79.4%

2018-2019 LINDENWOOD * # %

31

2

0

93.9%

2017-2018 LINDENWOOD * # %

27

6

4

78.4%

2016-2017 LINDENWOOD *

19

13

4

58.3%

2015-2016 LINDENWOOD * $ #

27

10

0

73.0%

2014-2015 LINDENWOOD * %

17

14

3

54.4%

2013-2014 LINDENWOOD *

15

18

2

45.7%

2012-2013 LINDENWOOD * &

16

13

4

54.5%

2011-2012 LINDENWOOD * # %

31

5

0

86.1%

2010-2011 LINDENWOOD * & #

32

3

1

90.3%

TOTALS

258

93

18

72.4%

$ = National Champions

& = National Runners-Up

* = National Championships Participant

# = CSCHL Regular Season Champions

% = CSCHL Playoff Champions

 

 

Recipients of the ACHA Men’s Division 1 Coach of the Year Award

 

                        2000                Joe Battista                             Penn State University

                        2001*              Josh Brandwene                     University of Delaware

                        2001*              Bob Zion                                 Eastern Michigan University

                        2002                Joe Battista                             Penn State University

                        2003                Chad Cassel                            University of Illinois

                        2004                Dan Morris                              Ohio University

                        2005                Joe Augustine                         University of Rhode Island

                        2006                Joe Augustine                         University of Rhode Island

                        2007                Scott Balboni                          Penn State University

                        2008                Chad Cassel                            University of Illinois

                        2009                Craig McAlister                       University of Central Oklahoma
                        2010                Jeremy Goltz              
            Arizona State University

                        2011                Dan Phelps                              Adrian College

                        2012                M.F. Schurman                       University of Delaware

                        2013                Wade Regier                           Minot State University

                        2014                Greg Powers                           Arizona State University

                        2015                Craig McAlister                       University of Central Oklahoma

                        2016                Rick Zombo                             Lindenwood University

                        2017                Wade Regier                           Minot State University

                        2018                Gary Astalos                           Adrian College

                        2019                Chris Haltinner                       University of Michigan-Dearborn

                        2020                Kirk Handy                              Liberty University

                        2021                Rick Zombo                             Lindenwood University

 

*  Co-recipients

 

# # #

Minot State’s Carter Barley Named ACHA M1 Rookie of the Year

Minot State University’s Carter Barley Named American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Rookie of the Year

 

Second Beavers Player to Win Award in 19 Year History of Award

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (May 7, 2021) – The 2020-2021 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men's Division 1 Rookie of the Year Award goes to Minot State University forward Carter Barley, as selected by the Head Coaches of ACHA Men's Division 1.  Barley is the second Minot State University player to win the award in its 19-year history, as former Beaver forward Kale Dolinski won the 2010-2011 award.

              

The other finalists for the Men's Division 1 Rookie of the Year Award were:

•             Riley Wallace, Goaltender, Minot State University

•             Ondrej Blaha, Forward, Midland University

•             Matteo DiGiulio, Forward, Adrian College

 

Barley, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 186-pound freshman from St. Andrews, Manitoba, capped off a fantastic season with the Beavers by scoring 16 goals and distributing 18 assists in 29 games.  Barley’s 34 total points led Minot State University in scoring this season and was tied for the second most points in Men’s Division 1 in 2020-2021.

 

With Barley’s contributions, the Beavers finished the 2020-2021 season with the No. 2 ranking, falling on the last day of the season in the 2021 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship Game.

 

Prior to arriving at Minot State, Barley played youth hockey with the Winnipeg Hawks and Winnipeg Thrashers programs before playing junior hockey with the Selkirk Steelers and Portage Terriers.

 

Congratulations to Carter and the other three finalists on a great season!

 

Men's Division 1 Rookie-of-the-Year

2020-2021

Forward

#82

Carter Barley

Minot State University

2019-2020

Defense

#5

Colin Baird

Liberty University

2018-2019

Forward

#17

Ryan Finnegan

Lindenwood University

2017-2018

Forward

#15

Anthony Cusanelli

University of Arizona

2016-2017

Forward

#16

Marcus Rose

Adrian College

2015-2016

Forward

#7

Tony Uglem

Iowa State University

2014-2015

Forward

#27

Brad Kobryn

Adrian College

2013-2014

Goalie

#35

Robert Levin

Arizona State University

2012-2013

Forward

#6

Senate Patton

Adrian College

2011-2012

Forward

#14

Tommy Olczyk

Penn State University

2010-2011

Forward

#11

Kale Dolinski

Minot State University

2009-2010

Forward

#22

Brent Boschman

Liberty University

2008-2009

Forward

#12

Michael Macari

University of Michigan-Dearborn

2007-2008

Forward

#19

Jake Ebner

Lindenwood University

2006-2007

Forward

#23

Mike Poljak

Youngstown State University

2005-2006

Forward

#9

Lukas Delorenzo

Penn State University

2004-2005

Forward

#12

Mike Heath

Duquesne University

2003-2004

Goalie

#29

Anthony Feyock

University of Rhode Island

2002-2003

Forward

#17

Anthony Nordo

Drexel University

 

# # #

Liberty’s Quinn Ryan Named ACHA M1 Player of the Year

Liberty University’s Quinn Ryan Named American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Player of the Year

 

First Flames Player of the Year in Team History

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (May 7, 2021) – The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men's Division 1 Player of the Year Award recipient for the 2020-2021 season is Liberty University forward Quinn Ryan, as selected by the Head Coaches of ACHA Men's Division 1.

                                                                             

The other finalists for the Men's Division 1 Player of the Year Award were:

•             Michael Barrett, Goaltender, Adrian College

•             Brendan Murphy, Defenseman, Lindenwood University

•             Vegard Faret, Forward, Lindenwood University

 

Ryan, a Liberty senior from Branchville, N.J., is the first Flames player to garner the Men's Division 1 Player of the Year Award.  Ryan led the Flames in scoring for the third time in his five-year career with 18 points on 9 goals and 9 assists.  In 2019-2020, Ryan amassed 22 goals and 43 assists for 65 total points, after leading the team in 2018-2019 with 58 points.  In Ryan’s career at Liberty, he has scored 92 goals and 156 assists for 248 points over 159 games, an average of 1.56 points per game.

 

Nationally, the Flames finished the season ranked No. 3 with a record of 9-4-0, which included a 2-1 win over NCAA Division I Long Island University.  The Flames were the only team from the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) to play in the 2020-2021 season.

 

In 2018-2019, Ryan was selected to the United States Men’s National University Team which played in the 2019 Winter World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  Prior to arriving at Liberty University, Ryan played his youth and junior hockey with the Orangeville Americans, New Jersey Jr. Titans, North Jersey Avalanche and Connecticut Nighthawks.

 

Quinn Ryan’s Career Statistics:

Year

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+ / -

PPG

SHG

PIM

GWG

2021 Nationals

Liberty University

3

2

3

5

+3

0

0

2

0

2020-2021

Liberty University

13

9

9

18

0

2

1

0

1

2019-2020

Liberty University

36

22

43

65

+23

4

0

6

2

2019 Nationals

Liberty University

2

1

2

3

-2

1

0

0

0

2018-2019

Men’s National University Team

5

1

4

5

+6

0

0

0

0

2018-2019

Liberty University

33

25

33

58

+27

8

0

14

2

2018 Nationals

Liberty University

1

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

2017-2018

Liberty University

29

14

35

49

+19

2

0

40

4

2017 Nationals

Liberty University

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2016-2017

Liberty University

36

18

27

45

+13

9

0

16

5

Totals:

159

92

156

248

88

26

1

78

14

 

Congratulations to Quinn and the other three finalists on a great season!

 

MEN'S DIVISION 1 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

2020-2021

Forward

#19

Quinn Ryan

Liberty University

2019-2020

Forward

#7

Gianni Evangelisti

Ohio University

2018-2019

Defense

#21

Jake Townsend

Lindenwood University

2017-2018

Goalie

#56

Austyn Roudebush

Adrian College

2016-2017

Forward

#27

Brad Kobryn

Adrian College

2015-2016

Forward

#17

J.T. Hall

Stony Brook University

2014-2015

Forward

#27

Brad Kobryn

Adrian College

2013-2014

Forward

#17

Kale Dolinski

Arizona State University

2012-2013

Goalie

#37

Wyatt Waselenchuk

Minot State University

2011-2012

Goalie

#33

S.J. Broadt

University of Delaware

2010-2011

Forward

#20

Cory Spradling

Lindenwood University

2009-2010

Goalie

#30

Paul Marshall

Ohio University

2008-2009

Forward

#8

Jim Gehring

West Chester University

2007-2008

Forward

#8

Jim Gehring

West Chester University

2006-2007

Forward

#18

Will McMahon

Oakland University

2005-2006

Goalie

#29

Anthony Feyock

University of Rhode Island

2004-2005

Forward

#12

Mike Roesch

University of Illinois

2003-2004

Goalie

#30

Brian Gallagher

Ohio University

2002-2003

Goalie

#1

Tim Danlow

University of Illinois

2001-2002

Forward

#10

Neal Price

Pennsylvania State University

2000-2001

Forward

#8

Glenn Detulleo

Iowa State University

1999-2000

Forward

#9

Alon Eizenman

Pennsylvania State University

 

# # #

Wade Regier Withdraws from Consideration at Minot State

From MSUBeavers.com

By MSU Athletic Communications

 

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University Director of Athletics, Andy Carter, announced today that Wade Regier has withdrawn his name from consideration from the University's search for a full-time head men's hockey coach to pursue other professional opportunities.

The search for a head coach of the Beaver's men's hockey program has been underway for several weeks as they fully transition under the direction of the Athletic Department. This search will produce the first-ever full-time university employee to lead the program.

Regier led one of the most successful American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) programs in the country and was at the helm of the Beavers 2013 and 2019 National Championship-winning squads. He also took the Beavers back to the National Championship during the 2020-2021 season where they lost to No. 1 Adrian College in the title game.

Regier just finished up his 17th season with the Beavers men's club hockey team and his 11th as the Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.

As a head coach, he led the Beavers to a 312-53-19 record, a winning percentage of 85.47%. Regier has received the ACHA Coach of the Year twice in 2013 and 2017. He has also been a coach of the year finalist three additional times. In addition to two National Championships, Regier has also led the Beavers to nine straight quarterfinal appearances and five final fours.

Wade Regier on what it has meant to be the Beavers men's hockey head coach. "All good things have to come to an end. The time is right for me to step aside and pass the torch to the next coach to take over the Beaver Hockey program. I have had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of young men and seeing them reach their greatest potential."

Regier continued. "I look forward to spending more time with my young family. I want to personally thank all our supporters, students, and fans for all their support over the years. As I look back at my 11 years at the helm, I am so proud of all of our accomplishments on and off the ice."

"I am definitely going to miss coming to the rink daily, but I know full well I am leaving this program in a good place as it moves on to its next chapter. Go Beavers! "

(Originally published at https://msubeavers.com/news/2021/4/29/minot-state-mens-hockey-head-coach-wade-regier-withdraws-from-consideration.aspx)

2021 Nationals All Tournament Teams Announced

 

 

 

 

Men's Division 1 

Most Valuable Player: Michael Barrett, Adrian College

 

All Tournament First Team

Forward: Drew Carter, Minot State University

Forward: Austin Kuhn, Adrian College

Forward: Emanuel Silverio, Adrian College

Defense: Daniel Stone, Adrian College

Defense: Paul O'Connor, Minot State University

Goalie: Chad Duran, Minot State University

 

All Tournament Second Team

Forward: Quinn Ryan, Liberty University

Forward: Filip Schultz, Indiana Tech

Forward: Blake Fournier, Minot State University

Defense: Vitaliy Novytskyy, Liberty University

Defense: Alex Potter, Indiana Tech

Goalie: Bryson Linenburg, Indiana Tech

 

 

Men's Division 2 

Most Valuable Player: Kyle Hayden, University of Mary

 

All Tournament First Team

Forward: Blake Flanders, Liberty University

Forward: Seth Cushing, University of Mary

Forward: Marco Escobar, Iowa State University

Defense: Ian Precht, Lindenwood University

Defense: Johnny Witzke, University of Mary

Goalie: Kyle Hayden, University of Mary

 

All Tournament Second Team

Forward: Chris Solomon, North Carolina State University

Forward: Josh Linn, Lindenwood University

Forward: Cameron Maycock, Williston State College

Defense: Dan Duncan, Iowa State University

Defense: Phillip Parisien, Dakota College

Goalie: Devin Naidow, Iowa State University

 

 

Men's Division 3 

Most Valuable Player: Jake Adams, Hope College

 

All Tournament First Team

Forward: Kevin Healy: Hope College

Forward: Bradley Baysore, Hope College

Forward: Chris Salmon, University of Arkansas

Defense: Cam McAtee, University of Arkansas

Defense" Graham Suddeth, Missouri State University

Goalie: Josef Dusenka, University of Arkansas

 

All Tournament Second Team

Forward: Brandan Nelson, Central Michigan University

Forward: Danny Colon, University of Michigan

Forward: Grant Sugasawara, University of Michigan

Defense: Sam Tirrell, University of Michigan

Defense: Logan Faustyn, Hope College

Goalie: Lukas Schut, Hope College

 

Women's Division 1 

Most Valuable Player: Yannick Truter, Liberty University

 

All Tournament First Team

Forward: Yannick Truter, Liberty University

Forward: Valeriia Manchak, Liberty University

Forward: Marissa Delry, Lindenwood University

Defense: Katie Stelling, Midland University

Defense: Mackenzie Heide, Minot State University

Goalie: Emily McDonald, Lindenwood University

 

All Tournament Second Team

Forward: Alicia Williams, Midland University

Forward: Leah Williams, Adrian College

Forward: Haley Wickham, Minot State University

Defense: Sally Hoerr, Liberty University

Defense Lindsay Gillis, Lindenwood University

Goalie: Naomi Leasck, McKendree University

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Nationals Day 4 Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Division 1 Quarterfinals

#1 Adrian College over #8 Iowa State University (10-2)

#7 Indiana Tech over Robert Morris University (6-3)

#6 Minot State University over #3 Lindenwood University (2-1)

#4 Liberty University over #5 Ohio University (10-2)

 

 

Women's Division 1 Semifinals

Liberty University over Midland University (2-1)

Lindenwood over Minot State University (3-0)

 

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