ADRIAN, Mich.--After seven years building Adrian College into a NCAA Division III women's hockey powerhouse, Chad Davis is resigning his post to become the new head coach at Division I RIT out of the College Hockey America conference. That announcement was made on Saturday by Adrian athletics director Michael Duffy.
Under his leadership, the Bulldogs have become one of the top Division III programs in the country in recent years with three NCAA tournament appearances, one National Finals berth, 10 American Hockey Coaches Association All-Americans, five student-athletes to sign professional contracts and a 75-12-2 overall record (.848) over the past three seasons. Overall, Davis has compiled a 150-37-10 (.787) ledger, making him the winningest coach in the team's 11-year history and the second-winningest active coach in NCAA Division III.
"I thank Chad for his service to Adrian College and bringing national notoriety to Bulldogs Women's Hockey," said Duffy, who notes a national search is currently under way that will look at both external and internal candidates for Davis' replacement. "Under his direction, Adrian has earned the respect of the college hockey community as one of the elite Division III teams in the country. His moving up to Division I RIT is testament to that.
"I wish Chad and his family best wishes as they make the move to the Rochester, N.Y., area."
Davis' Adrian resume also includes coaching 13 student-athletes who have combined to receive 33 All-America citations from four awards affiliations, four Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year awards from 2015-18 that coincide with three trips to the NCAAs, four NCHA Kronschnabel trophies and three Slaats Cup championships.
The Bulldogs' best season came in 2016-17 when they won their first NCAA Tournament game over perennial power Elmira in the first round and defeated Gustavus Adolphus in the National Semifinals before falling to three-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State. All three contests went into overtime and Women's Hockey became the first AC program to host an NCAA "final four."
That campaign was one for the record books. Davis was named the 2017 AHCA/CCM Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to a school-record 28-3 mark that included a perfect 18-0 NCHA slate--the league's first unbeaten and untied season in history. He saw a sweep of the major USCHO individual awards as Kristin Lewicki and Kelly O'Sullivan were the national player and rookie of the year, respectively. Fifteen team and individual season records were broken or tied, plus 18 NCHA victories and 16 home wins. That team produced six All-Americans, including three National Women's Hockey League skaters.
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