Source: Maureen Sparks, UNB Varsity RedsCommunications and Special Events Manager
FREDERICTON, NB – The University of New Brunswick ispleased to announce that Gardiner MacDougall will continue as thehead coach of UNB Varsity Reds men’s hockey team for the nextfive years.
MacDougall has just completed his 14th season at the helm ofUNB’s hockey program.
He has helped lead one ofCanada’s most successful university hockey programs to fournational championships and two silver medals and made his eighthnational championship appearance in March 2013.
MacDougall began his coaching stint at UNB for the 2000-2001season after a successful Junior career in Western Canada. Hewon his first banner in the strong AUS conference in 2003 and addedfour more to his credit; 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The VarsityReds have been the AUS regular season pennant winner for the pastseven consecutive seasons and have reached the AUS Final Fourplay-off each year of MacDougall’s tenure.
MacDougall became UNB’s all-time coaching leader in 2006and since then has become the current AUS leader in alltime wins, this year becoming the 1st AUS Hockey coach toaccumulate over 400 Wins. Currently he has an overall recordof 420-176-21 and 336-140-18 for AUS conference, playoffs and CISchampionships including a sparkling 18-5 record at the CIS NationalChampionships.
In the most recent half of Gardiner’s stewardship, UNB haswon 164 regular season games over the last seven seasons for awinning percentage of 84% in conference play. In the same7seven year time frame UNB won 39 out of 54 AUS playoff and CISplayoffs games for a 72% winning percentage while winning four AUSchampionship trophies and three CIS University Cups.
Coach MacDougall also has two World University gold medalsincluding a recent victory in December, 2013 in Trentino, Italywhere he helped lead Team AUS to their second consecutive WorldChampionship. He was also a member of the coaching staff for theinaugural victory in 2007
John Richard, Director of Athletics at UNB, is very happy thatMacDougall has chosen to continue as head coach of the VarsityReds. “Gardiner has an infectious personality, an amazingwork ethic and a passion for the game of hockey. We areexcited with Gardiner’s commitment to an additional fiveyears here at UNB not only for the winning culture he has createdbut for the confidence he instills in his student-athletes; in theclassroom, on the ice and in the dressing room.”
MacDougall has been keenly interested in player development atall levels. During his UNB career, four UNB players havesigned NHL deals while nineteen have played at the AHL Level andnumerous others in minor pro and in Europe.
At the local youth level, MacDougall has been instrumental inthe highly successful UNB Pumpernickel hockey camps and, along withlong-time friends Roger Shannon and Brian Johnston, helpedestablish the V-Reds Prospects elite youth program. Thisprogram has had an amazing 41 NHL draft picks and has had over 350players drafted to the QMJHL. For his community efforts, he hasbeen recognized for the Rotary Paul Harris Award and recently witha Queens Diamond Jubilee medal.
A Bedeque, PEI native, MacDougall was named the 2003, 2008 AND2010 Atlantic University Sport coach of the year and wasdistinguished as the 2010 CIS coach of the year leading to his teamto a 27-1 record.. He was also named PEI coach of the year in 2007and 2008. MacDougall holds a Level III NCP CoachingCertification along with CHA Advanced II Hockey CoachingCertification.
A graduate of two AUS universities, academics have always beenat the top of MacDougall’s list of priorities for histeam. To date 92 of his student-athletes have been named CISAcademic All Canadians; including twelve from the 2012 team. ColinSinclair of the 2007 CIS Championship team was named as one of theTop 8 CIS Academic All Canadians and Rob Hennigar was named CISMale Athlete of the Year in 2008.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue mycoaching career at UNB. It has been an unbelievable privilegebeing a part of the UNB tradition of excellence for the pastfourteen years . I am very fortunate to have a wife and family whohave been so supportive of my career here at UNB and have trulyenjoyed being part of such a great community,” saidMacDougall.
We have the tremendous support of so many people here at UNB andwithin the greater Fredericton community who all share in thepassion of UNB. This includes our top quality coaches and staff,our UNB hockey alumni, the many supporters, sponsors and volunteersand of course the great opportunity to work with some of the Beststudent athletes in the country.”