The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association has named its 2013 section coach of the year recipients along with the John Mariucci Award winners as the state coach of the year.
The Mariucci Award winner for Class 2A is Mike Randolph of Duluth East. It is the first Mariucci Award for Randolph, who this season guided his team to the state tournament for the 14th in the past 23 seasons. The Greyhounds have made six appearances in the championship game during his tenure while winning titles in 1995 and 1998.
The Class 1A head coach of the year is Duluth Denfeld’s Kevin Smalley, who also won the award in 2010. This season, Smalley lead the Hunters to a 19-9-0 record this season and the Section 7A title game, finishing the regular season ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class A poll.
Assistant coach of the year awards went to Bryan Erickson of Roseau in Class 2A and East Grand Forks’ Scott Oliver in Class 1A.
This year’s academic state champions are Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in Class 1A and East Ridge in Class 2A.
The Class 1A state academic title is the third consecutive award for head coach Chris Olson and the Dragons.
In Class 2A, the award is the first for head coach Doug Long and the Raptors.
|1AA||Lorne Grosso, Rochester Mayo||Ryan Kraft, Lakeville North|
|2AA||Curt Giles, Edina||Dave Terwilliger, Edina|
|3AA||Drey Bradley, Eastview||Sam Bauler, Eastview|
|4AA||Jim McElmury/Steve Romanchuk, Tartan||Paul Benson, Stillwater|
|5AA||Ritch Menne, Centennial||Gary Tolkinen, Centennial|
|6AA||Pat O'Leary, Wayzata||Dave Liebrenz, Benilde-St. Margaret's|
|7AA||Mike Randolph, Duluth East||Dylan Mills, Duluth East|
|8AA||Pete Cullen, Moorhead||Bryan Erickson, Roseau|
|1A||Curtis Doell, Mankato West||Cory Miller, Northfield|
|2A||Doug Runke, Mound-Westonka||John Frazier, Mound-Westonka|
|3A||Dave Coudert, Marshall||Scott Mellenthin, Marshall|
|4A||Bill Owens, St. Paul Academy||Matt Funk, St. Paul Academy|
|5A||Bruce Plante, Hermantown||Ron Brown, St. Cloud Cathedral|
|6A||Pete Matanich, St. Cloud Apollo||Bob Stark, Little Falls|
|7A||Kevin Smalley, Duluth Denfeld||Bryan Lent, Duluth Denfeld|
|8A||Tyler Palmiscno, East Grand Forks||Scott Oliver, East Grand Forks|
Class 2A John Mariucci Award-State Coach of the Year
Head Coach -- Mike Randolph, Duluth East
Assistant Coach -- Bryan Erickson, Roseau
Class 1A John Mariucci Award-State Coach of the Year
Head Coach -- Kevin Smalley, Duluth Denfeld
Assistant Coach -- Scott Oliver, East Grand Forks
|1AA||Dodge County||3.45||Eric Hoffman|
|2AA||Bloomington Jefferson||3.42||Jeff Lindquist|
|3AA||East Ridge||3.75||Doug Long|
|4AA||North St. Paul*||3.71||Jerry Diebel|
|5AA||Champlin Park||3.46||Pat Janostin|
|6AA||Robbinsdale Armstrong||3.63||Danny Charleston|
|7AA||Elk River||3.50||Gordie Roberts|
|8AA||St. Cloud Tech||3.54||Joel Heitkamp|
|1A||Mankato West||3.75||Curtis Doell|
|5A||St. Cloud Cathedral||3.72||Eric Johnson|
|7A||Duluth Marshall||3.51||Brendan Flaherty|
|8A||East Grand Forks||3.53||Tyler Palmiscno|
Class 2A Academic Champion
East Ridge, 3.75 GPA
Class 1A Academic Champion
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato*, 3.77 GPA
* Repeat winner from 2012