The United States Hockey League named Derek Lalonde of the Green Bay
Gamblers the USHL’s Coach of the Year. The award is determined by a vote of league coaches and general managers.
Lalonde led the Gamblers to a historic regular season in route to the team’s fifth Anderson Cup title with a league-best 47-9-4 mark during the 2011-12 regular season setting USHL records in points (98) and road wins (25) along with Tier 1 records in wins (47), fewest losses (9), goals scored (250) and goal differential (+112). Lalonde also set a league record for most wins (47) in a season by a first year head coach. The record was previously held by former Gamblers head coach Eric Rud (2010-11/41 wins).
Lalonde led the Gamblers to the team’s third straight Clark Cup Finals. The Gamblers captured the franchises’ 4th Clark Cup championship after a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Blackhawks in the fifth and decisive game.