Concordia head coach Ace Gregg was named the MIAC Coach of the Year!
Gregg Named Coach of the Year
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: February 27, 2008
MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/27/08)--Concordia head coach Ace Gregg and four Cobber players earned MIAC postseason honors it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Gregg was named the MIAC Coach of the year for the first time in his career, while juniors Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) and Britt Vander Kooy (Redlands, Calif.) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Team and freshman goalie Julie York (Bismarck, N.D.) earned MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Senior Lisa Graham (Minot, N.D.) was the squad's honoree on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team. It is the first postseason awards for all four players.
Gregg helped the Cobbers earn their first MIAC playoff berth since the 2002-03 season. In his two seasons at the helm of Concordia he has recorded an 18-15-3 mark in conference play and has taken a team that finished seventh in 2005-06 to a squad that earned a spot in the conference playoffs.
The three players were a driving force behind the Cobbers' third-place finish in the league standings. Concordia posted 10 conference victories for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign and earned four league sweeps during the year - a first since the 2002-03 season as well.
Dahl led the team in scoring in conference games. She finished with seven goals and 10 assists in the team's 18 league games this year. She had at least one point in 11 MIAC games. She had at least points on five different occasions and had a season-high three points against Augsburg on Feb. 8 when she scored a hat trick. Dahl was tied for eighth in the conference in assists in league games and tied for 12th in overall points. She was named the MIAC Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 11.
Vander Kooy was the top defenseman on the team. She appeared in all 18 conference games and finished with one goal and five assists for six total points. Her lone MIAC goal of the year came against Bethel on Jan. 26. Her real contribution to the team came on the defensive end where she helped the Cobbers finish third in the league in scoring defense. CC gave up only a total of 2.22 goals per game in league play. She was also a part of the Concordia penalty kill unit that went 37 power play attempts without giving up a goal.
York had a solid freshman season between the pipes. She played in six conference games before suffering a concussion against St. Thomas on Feb. 2. York allowed only nine goals in league play and ended the regular season with a 1.50 goals against average. She would have finished third in the MIAC in goals against average and second in save percentage (.932) if she had not suffered the injury that pushed her below the league minimums for statistical comparison. York was 3-2-1 in the six league games she played.
Graham was one of the team's co-captains this season and was a team leader on the ice and in the locker room. She played in all 18 conference games and had one goal and two assists for three points. Her only score of the season came against Hamline on Dec. 1. The MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team is an award that is selected by the coaches and teammates and given to individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.