Scott McDonald, the programâ€™s all-time leader in coaching wins, begins his ninth season as the head womenâ€™s hockey coach at RIT, and third at the Division I level.
has transformed the Tigers into one of the most successful and respected teams in all of college hockey and will lead his
team into the 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center
The Tigers made history in just their second season as a Division I program last year, winning the College Hockey America Championship, 2-1 in double overtime against Mercyhurst University
, who advanced to the 2014 Frozen Four.
won its final seven games of the season and finished with a 20-15-3 mark.
On March 17, 2012, McDonald
made history by defeating Norwich 4-1 to claim its first NCAA Division III Championship in its final season at that level.
The Tigers opened and ended the year with two 14-game winning streaks and were the No. 1 team in the nation for 18 weeks during the season, finishing with an NCAA record 28 wins (28-1-1).
Three days later, RIT
announced its intention to move to the Division I level.
McDonald and the Tigers made a successful transition to the Division I ranks in 2012-13, as the team finished 16-16-5 and advanced to the College Hockey America Semifinals.
seven seasons as head coach at RIT
has compiled an overall record of 171-53-18 (.744 winning percentage).
is Division IIIâ€™s all-time leader with a .835 winning percentage and is RITâ€™s all-time leader in coaching victories, earning his
100th win at RIT
on Jan. 29, 2011 vs.
He became the second fastest coach in Division III history to reach that milestone (128 games).
, the 2011 ECAC West Coach of the Year, has led the Tigers to three NCAA Division III Tournament berths, two ECAC West Championships, and one CHA title.
The Tigers won at least 19 games in each of his
first six seasons behind the bench and have won at least 20 games five times.
In 2007-08, despite moving to the toughest conference and playing the hardest schedule in the nation, McDonald
team to a 19-7-0 record with wins over national champion SUNY Plattsburgh, No. 3 Amherst, No. 4 Elmira, and No. 9 Utica
led the Tigers to a 21-3-2 record in 2008-09; they were ranked second nationally, the highest in program history.
led the Western team to the Gold Medal at the 2010 Empire State Games in Buffalo.
He also served as an assistant coach with the IK Viking Ishockeyklubbâ€™s junior team in Sweden.
A 2000 graduate of Niagara University, McDonald
played defense for the Purple Eagles â€" and then coach and former standout RIT defenseman Blaise MacDonald â€" from 1996-2000.
was part of the schoolâ€™s inaugural freshman and first graduating classes as a Division I program.
senior year, he
helped Niagara, in only its fourth season, to an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, beating the University of New Hampshire
in the northeast regional.
also helped Niagara to an undefeated season in the College Hockey America conference (15-0-2, 30-8-4 overall), as well as the CHA regular season and tournament championships.
McDonald later served as an assistant at Utica College for one season before moving to RIT to serve as the assistant coach for the RIT menâ€™s hockey program from 2003-06.
put forth an outstanding effort in recruiting talented student-athletes as the menâ€™s squad made the leap to Division I in 2005.
, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is the only person in NCAA history to play at the Division I and III level, and coach at both divisions on both the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s sides.
Prior to college, he played in Toronto for the St. Michaelâ€™s Buzzers and the North York Rangers.
Professionally, McDonald played in Hagfors, Sweden, for the IK Viking Ishockeyklubb.
Prior to that, McDonald
played with the San Angelo (Texas) Outlaws of the Western Professional Hockey League
McDonald earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in communication studies from Niagara University in 2000.
A native of Oakville, Ontario, McDonald lives in Victor, N.Y. with his
wife, Christina, and daughters, Summer and Sienna.