Chris MacKenzie named Division I Women's Coach of the Year

The 11th year coach earns a well-deserved honor after leading UConn to the best season in program history.

Photo: Ian Bethune

UConn women’s hockey head coach Chris MacKenzie has more hardware coming his way. On Thursday, he was named the Division I Women’s Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. MacKenzie also brought home the Hockey East Coach of the Year award.

In his 11th season at UConn, MacKenzie led the Huskies to the Hockey East regular season and tournament championship while reaching the NCAA Tournament — all of which were firsts in program history. UConn set new high marks in total wins (25), conference wins (19) and longest win streak (eight).

Fifth-year captain Ainsley Svetek announced the news to the rest of the team.

MacKenzie became the second coach in UConn women’s hockey’s history when he took over in May 2013 and owns a 151-157-43 mark with the Huskies. Prior to that, he spent one season as an assistant at Ohio State in 2012-13 and two years as the head coach at his alma mater, Niagara, from 2009-11.