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Chris Brown named MIAC Coach of the Year

March 16 , 2007

Chris Brown, Aaron JohnsonAugsburg men's hockey head coach Chris Brown was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Coach of the Year, and forward Aaron Johnson (Sr., Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong HS) was selected as MIAC Player of the Year, in conference awards announced recently.

In his first year as the Auggies head coach, Brown led the Auggies to a 12-10-4 record and third-place conference finish (9-3-4), as the Auggies clinched a berth in the MIAC playoffs for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The record was a three-win improvement overall and four-win improvement in league play from last season.

Brown returned to Augsburg last season as an assistant coach under Mike Schwartz, a position he also served in during the 1996-97 season. After leaving Augsburg in 1997, he had served as assistant coach at Division I Alaska-Anchorage for three years, then served as head coach at Marian (Wis.) for four seasons (2000-04) and at Hamline for one season (2004-05). His career coaching record is now 81-66-12.

Aaron Johnson, a three-time All-MIAC honoree and All-American first-team selection last season, became the first Auggie to earn MIAC Player of the Year honors in men's hockey since Jaro Cesky earned the honor in the 2002-03 season. Earlier this season, he was also selected to compete in the NCAA Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, to be held at the NCAA Division I men's hockey Frozen Four in St. Louis, Mo., on April 6, one of just two NCAA Division III players to be selected among the 32 participants.

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Photo: Chris Brown and Aaron Johnson