WICHITA FALLS, TX - Wichita Falls Wildcats head coach John LaFontaine was named NAHL Coach of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
LaFontaine led the team to a franchise-record 44 wins and 93 points, guiding them to their first-ever NAHL South Division title in his second season as coach.
"The NAHL and Wildcats organization are blessed to have a coach and mentor of John LaFontaine's caliber," Wildcats General Manager Paul Baxter said in a statement released by the team. "Coach LaFontaine, along with [Assistant] Coach [Josh] Nelson, have provided great leadership and a very strong relationship-based approach to the coaching of our players. These qualities have led to a significant improvement in our players as people and as hockey players."
Also Thursday, Wildcats forward Adam Goodsir was named NAHL Rookie of the Year. He led the team and was second among league rookies with 28 goals this season, while also leading the Wildcats in penalty minutes with 93 in 59 games. His goal total is the most for any Wildcats player since Brian Sheehan back in the 2009-10 season.
The Wildcats open the South Finals this Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Kay Yeager Coliseum, with game one against the Topeka RoadRunners. Game two is set for the same time Saturday night, then games three and, if necessary, four will be this coming Monday and Tuesday in Kansas, before a potential game five back in the Falls a week from Saturday.