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Coach McCarthy instructs a youth player on the ice

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Athens Mites gather around Coach McCarthy

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Former OHIO hockey coach elected into Hall of Fame

Craig McCarthy won three national championships


Another name has been chosen to join the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Hall of Fame.

Former Ohio University Head Hockey Coach Craig McCarthy was elected into the ACHA Hall-of-Fame as the sole member of the 2011 class. He served as head coach of the Ohio University Bobcats Hockey Team from 1993-2001.

"I'm really lucky. It's been exciting that it's been 10 years since I was in the league and I'm still being remembered and still relevant," McCarthy said. "It's been fun to reflect on a decade of coaching, the players and the people involved with the team over the years."

A decade has passed, but the success of McCarthy and his OHIO teams will forever be recognized.

He led the Bobcats to three consecutive American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men's Division I national championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. He compiled an overall record of 215-46-14 as a head coach, which is an 80 percent winning percentage.

In his eight seasons as coach, McCarthy's teams finished in the top three at the National Championship tournament seven times with an overall National Tournament record of 24-6-1. His teams also won four Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) Regular Season Championships (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000) and three CSCHL Playoff Championships (1995, 1996, 2000).

McCarthy, who is a assistant professor of psychology at OHIO, was named the ACHA Men's Division 1 Coach of the Year in 1998 and he was the CSCHL Coach of the Year four times (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000). His ability to instill discipline and mental toughness in his players and his tactical expertise earned him the honor of Ohio University's winningest hockey coach in 2000. He was inducted into the Ohio University Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

When McCarthy left the ice, he never knew that his next coaching job would come around the same time that he is inducted into the ACHA Hall of Fame.

"The irony was that when we announced Dan Morse was going to take over, I said the next coaching I would be doing would be with kids that come up to my knees," said McCarthy.

He was right!

The former OHIO hockey coach is now head coach of the youth hockey team, the Athens Mites, thanks to his son's interest in playing hockey. McCarthy is now doing what he loves to do and plans to continue coaching as long as his kids are active in sports.

"I really got back into coaching when my older boy said he wanted to play hockey," McCarthy said. "As long as they stay in hockey or in other sports, I'll be involved."

The ACHA Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held April 30, during the organization's annual meeting at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. It was co-sponsored by USA Hockey.