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SLU's Bari Wins AHCA Assistant Coach Award

St. Lawrence University assistant women's hockey coach Mare MacDougall Bari has been named the 2020 winner of the American Hockey Coaches Association Assistant Women's Coach Award.

Established in 2011, the award recognizes an assistant coach's career body of work.

MacDougall Bari is currently in her 13th season as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence. The Saints' strength and conditioning and video coordinator, MacDougall Bari also assists with the recruitment of student-athletes works closely with the team's defensemen and penalty killing unit.

In 12 seasons at St. Lawrence, MacDougall Bari has helped lead the Saints to four NCAA Tournament appearances, seven ECAC Hockey semifinal appearances including the 2012 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship, and a 226-155-51 record. She has coached three Patty Kazmaier Award finalists, three All Americans and 16 members of the Paul Flanagan '80, P'13 Century Club since coming to Appleton Arena. Additionally, in 2012, she was honored as part of the ECAC Hockey Coaching Staff of the Year. 

In addition to her duties with the hockey program, MacDougall Bari has immersed herself in the St. Lawrence campus community as a professor within the Sports Studies and Exercise Science minor, an academic advisor, and as a member of several campus-wide committees, including working on the 2018 Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation review. 

Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, MacDougall Bari served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Wayne State University. The Lumsden, Saskatchewan native graduated cum laude from Mercyhurst College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. As a defenseman, she helped the Lakers capture back-to-back league championships in her two seasons at Mercyhurst, and earned CHA All-Academic honors her both her junior and senior year. She was very involved in the Erie community, as she worked as a volunteer at an after-school program for at-risk children.

MacDougall Bari joins Saints' Associate Head Coach Ted Wisner as a winner of this award; Wisner was recognized in 2018. In fact, every member of the Saints' women's hockey coaching staff has earned recognition from the AHCA. Head coach Chris Wells '92 being recognized as the AHCA Women's Division I Coach of the Year in 2012, and longtime men's hockey coach Joe Marsh, now serving as a volunteer assistant for the women's team, winning the Spencer Penrose Award as the Men's Division I Coach of the Year in 1989 and 2000.


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