ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced today that former head coach of the Lake Superior State hockey program, Bill Selman, is the 2016 recipient of their Legend of College Hockey award. Selman’s 15-year coaching career at the collegiate level spanned four programs, including one and a half seasons with the Lakers.
Selman’s college head coaching career began at the University of North Dakota in 1966. He spent the previous two seasons at UND as an assistant coach, following a three-year playing career there as a defenseman. He then moved to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for two seasons before re-starting the St. Louis University program in 1970. Selman spent nine seasons as the bench boss for the Billikens before his brief stint with the Lakers during the 1981-82 season and part of the 1982-83 season, leaving him with an overall college hockey record of 277-217-21.
Selman received many accolades during his illustrious career, including the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 1967 and a runner-up finish at the Frozen Four the following season at North Dakota. While guiding the up-start St. Louis University, Selman had the team RANKED in the top 10 by its third season. From 1972-78, he had the most wins in college hockey on the backs of six straight 20-win seasons and multiple Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and playoff titles. He was honored as the CCHA Coach of the Year in 1977.
During his first season as coach with the Lakers, Selman guided the team to a 19-17-3 record overall and went 11-15-2 in CCHA play. In 1982-83 Selman coached the first 20 games, going 7-13-0 before leaving the program.
Following his stint with the Lakers, Selman was offered a position with Anheuser-Busch, joining its sports marketing group in St. Louis as senior manager. He developed programs with the NHL, USA Hockey and Major League Baseball. He is now retired and spends time between his homes in Fort Frances, Ontario, and Florida. He has been inducted into four halls of fame, including St. Louis University, the University of North Dakota, the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame. Selman's contributions to the sport include initiating hockey schools in Missouri, being a member of the NCAA Selection Committee and working with USA Hockey in coaching and marketing capacities.
Coach Selman will be honored along with this year's Hobey Baker Award winner at the annual Hobey Baker Award Banquet on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. Banquet tickets are available by visiting the Hobey website at: hobeybaker.com.