Middlebury College men's hockey coach Bill Beaney has been named the winner of the 2004 Edward Jeremiah Award, given annually to the Divison III Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year. It marks a record-tying third Jeremiah Award for Beaney, who also received this honor in 1990 and 1995.
After enjoying a one-year sabbatical, Beaney led the team to the 2004 NCAA Championship as well as the NESCAC Championship. Despite losing three of the top six scorers from the 2002-2003 squad, Beaney was able to fashion a strong year, capped by an 18-1 run in the school's last 19 games.
Since taking over the hockey program in 1986, he led the team to an NCAA record five consecutive National Championships ('95-'99) in the first six years they were eligible for the tournament. His 1996 National Championship squad set school records for most wins in a season (26), highest winning percentage (.929), and longest unbeaten streak (29 games). He has also led the team to six ECAC Tournament appearances, with a championship in the '90-'91 season. The Panthers have also captured the '99, '01 and '02 NESCAC Championships.
The Lake Placid, New York native attended the University of New Hampshire, where he played four years of varsity hockey and captained the 1973 team. He began his coaching career in 1974 at Bellows Free Academy (Vermont), leading his teams to three straight championships. He then moved to the college ranks, taking over the reigns at New England College in 1979. He promptly led his teams to four consecutive ECAC Tournaments and one NCAA berth. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1981-82 and 1983-84 at New England College.
Beaney has also been heavily involved with USA Hockey. He recently served as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Junior National team in 1996 and 1997. From 1985-97, Beaney coached USA Hockey's Junior Olympic team, while serving as an assistant coach for the 1994 U.S. Junior National team. In the summer of 1993, Beaney served as head coach of the gold medal East Team at the Olympic Festival in San Antonio. In addition to his duties with USA Hockey, Beaney was a member of the NCAA Hockey selection committee for six years.