Craig McCarthy Elected into Hall-of-Fame




Craig McCarthy
has been elected into the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Hall-of-Fame as the lone member of the Class of 2011.  The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30, during the Annual Meeting General Session at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The Hall of Fame celebration is co-sponsored by USA Hockey.


Craig is the 8th member inducted into the ACHA Hall-of-Fame, the 6th in the Builder category, joining fellow builder inductees Tom Keegan (2007), Don Spencer (2007), Joe Battista (2008), Josh Brandwene (2009), and Doug Waack (2010).  The other two members of the Hall-of-Fame are Jesse Hubenschmidt (2008) and Will McMahon (2010) in the Players category.


Craig was the Head Coach of the Ohio University Bobcats from 1993 – 2001. He led the Bobcats to three consecutive American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division 1 National Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. In the eight seasons under his lead, the Bobcats finished in the top three at the National Championship tournament seven times with an overall National Tournament record of 24-6-1. During his tenure, he won four Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) Regular Season Championships (1994, 1995, 1996, and 2000) and three CSCHL Playoff Championships (1995, 1996, and 2000). He compiled an overall record of 215-46-14 as Ohio’s head coach, good for a winning percentage of 80 percent.


McCarthy was named the ACHA Men’s Division 1 Coach of the Year in 1998 and was the CSCHL Coach of the Year four times (1995, 1996, 1999, and 2000). His ability to instill discipline and mental toughness in his players and his tactical expertise earned him the honor of Ohio’s winningest coach in 2000. He was inducted into the Ohio University Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.


His players excelled both on and off the ice. Under McCarthy’s tutelage, 28 players received ACHA recognition for their on-ice achievements; including eight first-team Division 1 All Americans, four second-team selections, six third-team honorees and 17 honorable mentions. From 1998-2000, the Bobcats had five ACHA Academic All-Americans. In the CSCHL, McCarthy’s players garnered 60 all-conference selections. Additionally, McCarthy coached four players who represented Team USA at the 2001 World University Games.


McCarthy served on the ACHA’s Rules Committee from 1993 – 2001.


McCarthy grew up in London, Ontario, where he began playing hockey at the age of 5. He quickly developed a passion for teaching the game to others. McCarthy was only 12 years old when he started to teach young children skating and basic skill development in hockey schools. At age 16, McCarthy developed on-ice programming and was lead instructor for hockey schools across southern Ontario. During that time period, he also assisted with the development of the off-ice training program for the Craig Billington Goalie School. By age 20, McCarthy was a nationally certified coach in Canada, coaching both high school and junior hockey in Ontario. In 1991, McCarthy was recruited to graduate school at Ohio University where he taught youth hockey and coaching clinics in Athens for the next 10 years.


McCarthy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario in 1991. He graduated from Ohio University in 1993 with a Master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in the Foundations of Teaching and Coaching. While coaching the Bobcats, McCarthy earned his doctorate from Ohio University in Higher Education Administration in 2000.


McCarthy is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University. He teaches courses in statistics, educational psychology and sport psychology. McCarthy has been awarded several grants to support projects that enhance the teaching and learning of statistics. He was awarded the 2009-10 Dean's Outstanding Group II Faculty Award.


McCarthy and his wife Holly Raffle live in Athens, Ohio, with their two children: Jake (6) and Eli (4).




NAME                                SCHOOL                                           Category                              YEAR

  1. Craig McCarthy          Ohio University                          Builder                               2011
  2. Doug Waack           Eastern Michigan University                Builder                               2010


  1. Will McMahon                Oakland University                          Player                                2010
  2. Josh Brandwene          ACHA                                          Builder                               2009

University of Delaware                   

University of Michigan-Dearborn         

West Virginia University         

  1. Joe Battista                  Penn State University                Builder                               2008


  1. Jesse Hubenschmidt          University of Michigan-Dearborn          Player                                2008
  2. Don Spencer                 West Virginia University                Builder                               2007


  1. Tom Keegan                    ACHA                                          Builder                               2007

Contact: Chris Wilk