Frost best coach at U

Gophers capture third consecutive WCHA title.

by David Nelson

Hall & Oates blasted from the locker room following the Gophers 2-0 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in which they captured the 2015 WCHA regular-season title.

Brad Frost stood in the hallway with a grin that stretched across his face, elated that his team is once again the conference’s best.

He’s been making dreams come true ever since he began leading the program in 2008, and he’s single-handedly turned himself into not only one of the best women’s college hockey coaches but the best coach at the University.

The Gophers captured their third consecutive regular-season title Saturday evening, just one night after Frost won his 250th career game.

The humble head coach reached that mark in just eight seasons and did so while boasting a career-winning percentage that sits above 80 percent.

“He’s a great person and a great coach as well,” senior forward Rachael Bona said. “He knows how to get our team fired up. … He knows what he’s doing.”

The winter sports season has proved to be a difficult one for fans with the uncharacteristic drop in play from the men’s basketball and  hockey teams.

Even the wrestling team — one of the most dominant programs in the country — now holds the same number of losses this season as it did in the previous two.

But in the midst of such aberrancy, the women’s hockey team remained its usual invincible self.

And it’s because of Frost.

This year’s senior class became the winningest in history.

“They hang banners,” Frost said. “They’ve hung a lot of them here in the rink, but … it’s the legacy that they leave beyond the hockey rink is what I’ll remember.”

One can only imagine whether the classes forthcoming will follow the same suit.

If history is any indication, Frost will continue to navigate his team to victories.

No, he doesn’t hold as many national titles as a head coach as wrestling’s J Robinson, nor does he carry the same amount of experience as baseball’s John Anderson.

Frost is also not as feisty and willing to throw around his suit coat as men’s basketball’s Richard Pitino, but the hockey coach’s resume of two national titles, five Frozen Four appearances and now five WCHA regular season titles speaks for itself.

He holds a list of accomplishments that could stretch across the width of Ridder Arena, and that list continues to grow with each passing weekend.

Frost’s page on Wikipedia consists of three paragraphs, but at this rate, the page manager better be ready to write a whole lot more about the best coach at Minnesota.