The United States Premier Hockey League, and its top division, the tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) are pleased to announce that Ryan Frew, head coach of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, has been named the 2018-19 Coach Of The Year.
“I am very humbled to have been recognized by my colleagues and the league as the NCDC Coach of the Year. It is a very nice honor,” said Frew. “The coaches in this league are all first class and really any of them are just as, if not more, deserving of this recognition.”
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs start in the NCDC was like any new student getting used to an advanced school. They had to feel their way through the curriculum and the regimen at the beginning, taking some baby steps in a 1-5-0-1 September.
Once they got the hang of it, the Monarchs rose quickly and were in fourth place by the time the Thanksgiving break came along. From Oct. 27 through Nov. 15, they won seven in a row to put themselves into the top four group.
They rose to third a number of times this season, and eventually finished fifth overall as a first-year NCDC team at 27-18-2-3.
“This first year in the NCDC will always be special to me. This team just kept checking off goals, boxes, and milestones. They far exceeded expectations and I’ll never forget them for giving me everything they had night in and night out,” said Frew. “We have a special saying in the program, ‘everything good or bad ends at midnight.’”
The Concord, N.H., native has been coaching with the Monarchs since 2003, and he’s been at the helm of the Monarchs’ top team since 2013. Along with multiple league championships at different levels, Frew also led the Monarchs to a 2012 USA Hockey Junior National Championship. He gives much of the credit for his success to the “support system” around the Monarchs’ organization.
“A coach is only as good as his or her support system, and I have the very best of those people surrounding me and I share this award with them. From my Associate Head Coach Tony Dalessio to my assistants Matt Morrow, Nic Cota and Clint Edinger, as well as the Owner Doc Vega, our billet supervisor Brie Tremblay, and Alexis Thompson our community relations director, and our head athletic trainer Brian Verville who keeps our athletes on the ice, and the great employees at Tri-Town Ice Arena, all of these people mentioned work tirelessly, endlessly and very loyally to make our program exactly what it is today, one of the best.”
“Next, I’d like to thank this year’s players. A coach is only as good as his team. This first year tuition-free team will always be remembered for their hard work and dedication to our culture,” said Frew. “It was a special group.
“Mostly, I’d like to thank my own family for understanding the sacrifices that it takes to do this job at this level, and what we all have to give up to make it work.
“Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to recognize “Narchs Nation,” the best fans and host families in the NCDC,” he added. “I’ve always said that Hooksett, New Hampshire, is a special place to play hockey. They help us prove that every year, they are the best in the Northeast.”
Good luck pinning Ryan Frew down long enough to congratulate him, as the work begins in earnest to build the 2019-20 team.
“This is an incredible honor. Thank you, but it’s back to work in the morning,” he added. “We failed to win a championship this year and that is our goal. This individual honor is incredible, but you can bet I’m looking forward to celebrating one with the entire program when we bring home the Dineen Cup someday.”