Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Ken Pauly was named the Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association. Photo by Adam Crane
Ken Pauly of Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Class 2A and Bruce Plante of Hermantown in Class 1A have been named the Coach of the Year in their respective divisions by the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association.
Pauly led the Red Knights to a 25-6-0 record and the state Class 2A championship, navigating a turbulent season that included a paralyzing injury to sophomore Jack Jablonski.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s was the only non-No. 1 seeded team in its section to reach the state tournament, and the Red Knights were not among the state tournament’s four seeded teams.
Hermantown coach Bruce Plante was named the coach of the year in Class 1A. Photo by Helen Nelson
Pauly led the Red Knights to state Class 1A titles in 1999 and 2001. He guided Benilde-St. Margaret’s to a third-place finish in Class 2A in 2008. He has a 12-2 coaching record at the state tournament.
Plante guided the Hawks to a perfect regular season and to the state Class 1A championship game for the third straight season and fourth time in six years. Hermantown lost to St. Thomas Academy in the title game to finish as the runner-up for the third consecutive season.
Plante led Hermantown to an unbeaten season culminated by a state Class 1A title in 2007.
Ken Jones of Two Harbors and Terry Johnson of Duluth East won assistant coach of the year awards.
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in Class 1A and Eden Prairie in 2A won the academic state championships. The Class 2A honor is the third straight for the Eagles, while it was the second straight championship for the Dragons.
|Section||Head Coach||Assistant Coach|
|1A||Bryce Barry, Northfield||Chris Morris, New Prague; Dave Nystrom, Albert Lea|
|1AA||Kurt Weber, Lakeville South||Jim Martin, Winona|
|2A||Jim Sturgis, Blake||Dan Paulson, Delano|
|2AA||Chris Wilson, Chanhassen||Greg May, Burnsville|
|3A||Tony Sandbulte/Derrick Brown, Luverne||None|
|3AA||Jay Moser, Park (Cottage Grove)||Doug Watson, Eagan|
|4A||Mark Loahr, Totino-Grace||Steve Moe, Simley|
|4AA||Bill Lechner, Hill-Murray||Matt Greer, White Bear Lake|
|5A||Bruce Plante, Hermantown||Craig Peterson Hermantown|
|5AA||Gary Stefano, Maple Grove||Josh Hicks, Maple Grove|
|6A||Tony Couture, Little Falls||Chris Dobis, Little Falls|
|6AA||Ken Pauly, Benilde-St. Margaret's||John Russo, Benilde-St. Margaret's|
|7A||Steve Wasko, Two Harbors||Ken Jones, Two Harbors|
|7AA||Mike Randolph, Duluth East||Terry Johnson, Duluth East|
|8A||Tim Bergland, Thief River Falls||Bob Hudt/Greg Bottum, Thief River Falls|
|8AA||Dave Morinville, Moorhead||Jeff Nelson, Monticello/Annandale/ Maple Lake|