Don Lucia

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Don Lucia
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Minnesota
Biographical details
Born (1958-08-20) August 20, 1958 (age 56)
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999-Present
1993–1999
1987–1993
Minnesota
Colorado College
Alaska-Fairbanks
Accomplishments and honors

Championships
2002 NCAA National Championship
2003 NCAA National Championship
1988 Great West Conference Championship
1994 WCHA Championship
1995 WCHA Championship
1996 WCHA Championship
2006 WCHA Championship
2007 WCHA Championship
2012 WCHA Championship
2013 WCHA Championship

2014 Big Ten Championship

Awards
1994 Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year 1994, 1996 and 2006 WCHA Coach of the Year

2014 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year

Don Lucia (born August 20, 1958) is the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team.[1] He has twice led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA National Championship title, in 2002 and 2003.[2] Under Lucia, the Golden Gophers have won three MacNaughton Cups (awarded to the WCHA's regular season champion) and won the Broadmoor Trophy three times (awarded to the WCHA playoff champion).[1] He has coached one Hobey Baker Award winner, Jordan Leopold.[3] Lucia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981.[1]

Personal information[edit]

Lucia has two sons who have been picked in the NHL Entry Draft. Tony Lucia (born 1987), who is currently playing in the American Hockey League with the Worcester Sharks, was selected in the 6th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks;[4] and Mario Lucia (born 1993), was selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Alaska Nanooks (Great West Hockey Conference) (1987)
1987-1988 Alaska-Fairbanks 21-10-2 5-3-0 1st
Alaska Nanooks (Division-I Independent) (1988–1993)
1988-1989 Alaska-Fairbanks 21-12-3
1989-1990 Alaska-Fairbanks 10-20-9
1990–1991 Alaska-Fairbanks 17-16-2
1991-1992 Alaska-Fairbanks 7-27-1
1992–1993 Alaska-Fairbanks 23-12-2
Alaska-Fairbanks: 99-97-19
Colorado College Tigers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1993–1999)
1993-1994 Colorado College 23-11-5 18-9-5 1st
1994-1995 Colorado College 30-12-1 22-9-1 1st NCAA Round 2
1995-1996 Colorado College 33-5-4 26-2-4 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1996-1997 Colorado College 25-15-4 17-11-4 T-4th Frozen Four
1997-1998 Colorado College 26-13-3 16-10-2 3rd NCAA Round 2
1998–1999 Colorado College 29-12-1 20-8-0 2nd NCAA Round 2
Colorado College: 166-68-18 119-49-16
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) (1999–2013)
1999–2000 Minnesota 20-19-2 13-13-2 6th
2000–2001 Minnesota 27-13-2 18-8-2 3rd NCAA Round 1
2001–2002 Minnesota 32-8-4 18-7-3 3rd NCAA Champions
2002–2003 Minnesota 28-8-9 15-6-7 T-2nd NCAA Champions
2003–2004 Minnesota 27-14-3 15-12-1 T-4th NCAA Round 2
2004–2005 Minnesota 28-15-1 17-10-1 T-3rd NCAA Frozen Four
2005–2006 Minnesota 27-9-5 20-5-3 1st NCAA Round 1
2006–2007 Minnesota 31-10-3 18-7-3 1st NCAA Round 2
2007–2008 Minnesota 19-17-9 9-12-7 7th NCAA Round 1
2008–2009 Minnesota 17-13-7 12-11-5 5th
2009–2010 Minnesota 18-19-2 12-14-2 7th
2010–2011 Minnesota 16-14-6 13-10-5 5th
2011–2012 Minnesota 28-13-1 20-8-0 1st NCAA Frozen Four
2012–2013 Minnesota 26-9-5 16-7-5 T-1st NCAA Round 1
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)
2013–2014 Minnesota 28–6–6 14-3-3 1st NCAA Runner-Up
Minnesota: 372-187-65 220-121-42
Total: 637-352-102

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Don Lucia Bio". Gopher Sports.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Isles GM Rips Lucia". College Hockey News.com. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Jordan Leopold's bio". Vintage Minnesota Hockey.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18008
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
George Gwozdecky
Spencer Penrose Award
1993–94
Succeeded by
Shawn Walsh
Preceded by
Mike Sertich
George Gwozdecky
George Gwozdecky/Bob Motzko
WCHA Coach of the Year
1993–94
1995–96
2005–06 (co-winner with Jamie Russell)
Succeeded by
George Gwozdecky
Dean Blais
Bob Motzko
Preceded by
Award Created
Big Ten Coach of the Year
2013–14
Succeeded by
Incumbent