Gotkin Named Finalist For Penrose Award
Mercyhurst men’s ice hockey head coach Rick Gotkin has been nominated for the Spencer Penrose Award — the annual American Hockey Coaches Association honor that is given to the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.
Gotkin is one of nine nominees along with Mel Pearson (Michigan), Jeff Jackson (Notre Dame), Steve Rohlik (Ohio State), Jerry York (Boston College), Mike Schafer (Cornell), Scott Sandelin (Minnesota-Duluth), Bob Motzko (Saint Cloud State) and Grant Potulny (Northern Michigan).
In order to be nominated, a coach must win his respective conference’s Coach of the Year award or reach the NCAA Frozen Four. This season, Gotkin was the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year.
Under Gotkin’s direction, the Lakers were predicted to finish seventh in the Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches’ poll. Mercyhurst ended the season as the Atlantic Hockey regular-season champion.
Gotkin has a 546-398-88 overall record in his 30 years behind the Mercyhurst bench. He currently ranks 19th all-time in NCAA coaching victories. This season, he passed Don Brose (540 wins at Concordia, Minn., and Minnesota State), Terry Meagher (542 at Bowdoin) and Jack Riley (542 at Army West Point). Gotkin ranks eighth among active coaches.
The winner of the Penrose Award will be announced on Wednesday, April 14.