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USHL: Waterloo's P.K. O'Handley Named USHL Coach of the Year

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 01:32 PM CDT
Waterloo,
IowaFollowing a
season filled with unparalleled accomplishments, P.K. O’Handley was named the
United States Hockey League’s 2013/14 Coach of the Year on Tuesday by a vote of
USHL coaches and general managers.



The winter
campaign included a regular season championship, franchise records for
victories and winning streaks, and notable career milestones for the coaching
veteran.  This is the third time during O’Handley’s 12 seasons with the
Waterloo Black Hawks that he has been recognized as the league’s Coach of the
Year. 





“The great
group of players – who did everything that was asked of them – is really what
made this amazing year so special,” O’Handley said.  “It is humbling when
your peers choose you for something like this award, and I am proud to share it
with the players, with Shane Fukushima, Scott Pavelski, Todd Klein, and our
entire organization.”





On January 18th,
O’Handley achieved a new level of USHL coaching success.  A 2-1 win
against the National Team Development Program Under-18 squad was O’Handley’s
530th in 19 seasons leading either the Hawks or the North Iowa
Huskies.  The victory moved him past former Omaha Lancers Head Coach Mike
Hastings for the most regular season wins in league history.  O’Handley’s
400th regular season win with the Black Hawks came weeks later, 3-2
against the Des Moines Buccaneers, on March 8th. 





O’Handley’s
2013/14 Black Hawks claimed the Anderson Cup as the top team during the regular
season, setting a franchise record with 44 wins.  Waterloo had earned the
trophy on one prior occasion (2006/07) during the franchise’s junior era, also
under O’Handley’s guidance.  Sixteen of the club’s victories last season
were accumulated during a franchise-record streak from December 13th
through February 7th. 





On the way to
the Anderson Cup, the Hawks also earned their first Western Conference
Championship after being shifted during realignment in 2011, and their first
Prairie Farms Cowbell Cup for the top head-to-head record in the three-team
series with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Dubuque Fighting Saints.  At
the conclusion of the regular season, the Black Hawks participated in the
playoffs for the eighth consecutive year, reaching the Clark Cup finals for the
fifth time in the past eleven seasons.





In 2013/14,
three of O’Handley’s former Black Hawks made their NHL debuts: Chad Billins,
Patrick Wey, and Eriah Hayes.  The winter also foreshadowed future
accomplishments by Waterloo skaters at higher levels of the game; 23 members of
the current squad – another franchise record – had made NCAA Division I college
commitments by the end of the season.



USHL: Waterloo's P.K. O'Handley Named USHL Coach of the Year


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