BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey head coach Jim Scanlan has been named USCHO.com National Coach of the Year. Scanlan, who just completed his first season behind the bench, led the Beavers to their most wins in program history (21) and the program’s second ever trip the WCHA Final Face-Off.
Scanlan, who was named WCHA Coach of the Year earlier this month, guided the Beavers to a 10-win improvement from the previous season and five wins over teams that finished in the top 10 nationally. The Beavers also posted three wins against teams that went to the Frozen Four, which included handing the eventual national champions, University of Minnesota, two of its three losses this season.
Bemidji State won or split the season series with five of the seven WCHA institutions in 2014-15. Included in that group, was winning the season series from rival University of Minnesota Duluth. It was the first time in program history that the Beavers have taken the season series from the Bulldogs.
The Beavers are set to return 21 players from this season’s team for 2015-16. BSU will return four of its top five point scorers as well as CCM/AHCA All-American and All-WCHA First Team goaltender Brittni Mowat.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).