WATERLOO — The honors continued to roll in for the Waterloo Black Hawks Wednesday when P.K. O’Handley was named the United State Hockey League’s Coach and General Manager of the Year.
It’s the fourth time O’Handley has earned the coaching honor (2003, 2007, 2014) and his third award as the top general manager (2003, 2012).
“I’m proud to accept these awards on behalf of our entire staff, including Shane Fukushima, Bryce Anderson, Jon Sherman, Todd Klein and Spenser Popinga, because it takes many dedicated people to have success in this league,” O’Handley said.
“Most of all, I would like to recognize our players, who have been a special group and consistently found success regardless of the circumstances all year.”
The Black Hawks, who play in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Friday in Fargo, closed the regular season with six consecutive wins to claim the Anderson Cup as the USHL’s regular-season champion (38-14-6). It was the third Anderson Cup the Black Hawks have won under O’Handley.
As far as being named General Manager of the Year, O’Handley once again shared credit, in particular with Fukushima, the Black Hawks’ director of scouting and player personnel.
“Shane has been with our team for 12 seasons and does such a tremendous job, year-in and year-out, both on the coaching side and with player personnel as we build or team, from scouting, through the draft, and during our camps,” O’Handley said.
O’Handley has spent 23 seasons coaching in the USHL — seven with the North Iowa Huskies where he coached Fukushima and led those teams to 348 wins. He then had a four-year stint as an assistant with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL before Butch Johnson hired him to coach the Black Hawks in 2002.
The all-time wins leader in USHL history, O’Handley won his 600th regular-season game in 2016 and is now closing in on 700 career wins.