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Plattsburgh's Emery Honored as SUNYAC Coach of the Year

The State University of New York Athletic Conference announced today that Plattsburgh State head coach Bob Emery has been named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 men’s hockey season.

The honor, which is voted on by the conference coaches, is the sixth of Emery’s career. In his 23rd season behind the Cardinal bench, he has guided a young Plattsburgh team to a current 17-4-4 overall record and the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament with a league mark of 12-3-1.

Earlier this month, Emery became the 20th coach in NCAA history to attain 500 wins and just the fifth to do it exclusively at the Division III level. Emery’s career .743 winning percentage in the fourth-highest in NCAA history across all divisions.

The Cardinals are making their 22nd appearance in the SUNYAC tournament under Emery, including 21 consecutive trips. Plattsburgh is the second seed for the sixth time in tournament history and is appearing in its 25th tournament overall.

Emery and the Cardinals begin postseason play on Saturday as Plattsburgh plays host to third-seeded Buffalo State in the SUNYAC semifinals. All fans are encouraged to wear red to show support for the Cardinal men’s hockey team. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Stafford Ice Arena.

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