Miami University head coach Chris Bergeron is this year’s winner of the Chatham Maroon Alumni’s Frank Uniac Achievement in Excellence Award.
He’ll receive the award at a Maroons game in September because he couldn’t attend the alumni golf tournament Saturday at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club.
The award goes to a Maroons alumnus who has achieved excellence in his profession and community.
Bergeron, 48, is a Wallaceburg native who helped the Chatham Micmacs reach the Western junior ‘B’ hockey final in the 1988-89 season.
He played four seasons at Miami from 1989-93 and was a two-time team captain. As a senior, he had a team-high 61 points and was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s best defensive forward.
He then played seven pro seasons in the American, East Coast, International, Central and United leagues.
Bergeron returned to Miami as an assistant coach in 2000. The RedHawks went to the NCAA tournament six times during his 10 seasons there, played in the Frozen Four twice and were 2009 national finalists.
He was hired as the Bowling Green State University head coach in 2010 and spent nine seasons with the Falcons, who were 171-154-44 during his tenure.
He turned around the struggling program, which won only five games in the season before he arrived. The Falcons had five straight 20-win seasons under Bergeron and won at least one best-of-three playoff series for nine straight years.
They ended their 29-year NCAA tournament drought last season while earning their most wins (25) since 1995-96.
Bergeron was hired as Miami’s head coach in April.