BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey Head Coach Tom Serratore has been announced as the 2019-20 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year as a part of the league’s release of its individual award winners.
Serratore led the Beavers to a runner-up finish in the WCHA regular season and a berth in the semifinals of the WCHA Postseason before the 2019-20 season was cut short due to concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Bemidji State was No. 11 in the final polls released on March 9 and finished the season at 22-10-5 to reach the 20-win mark for the sixth time in the Division I history of the program and fall just one win shy of the program’s all-time NCAA Division I-era single-season high of 23, established in 2004-05 and equaled in 2009-10. With a 20-5-3-2 mark in WCHA play, the Beavers also matched a program record of 20 WCHA victories originally set in 2016-17, a season capped by a WCHA regular-season title. Serratore finished the season with career mark of 319-297-89 and sits second on BSU’s all-time coaching wins list behind only R.H. “Bob” Peters (702).
This marks Serratore’s second career WCHA Coach of the Year honor. He was previously recognized with the award following the 2016-17 season.
The league also recognized Minnesota State University, Mankato forward Marc Michaelis as the WCHA Player of the Year, goaltender Dryden McKay as its Goaltender of the Year, forward Lucas Sowder as the WCHA Rookie of the Year and defenseman Edin Hookenson as Student-Athlete of the Year, while Alec Rauhauser of Bowling Green State University was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
“Congratulations to all of our WCHA individual award winners,” WCHA President and Men’ League Commissioner Bill Robertson said. “While the season did not end as we were expecting, we still had a number of outstanding performances in 2019-20. To be recognized as the best of the best in the WCHA is a tremendous honor and we are proud to applaud their stellar seasons.”
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).