Caroline Loeb, the coach and manager of the Brewster Lady Bulldogs in Brewster, N.Y., was named the 2010-11 Emile Francis Award winner in a special between-periods ceremony during the Rangers' Feb. 17 game vs. the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.
|Caroline Loeb, a Mount Kisco, N.Y., resident who serves as a coach and administrator with the Brewster Lady Bulldogs program at Brewster Ice Arena, holds the Emile Francis Award she received in recognition of her service to local youth hockey. |
Loeb was the fourth winner of the annual trophy that honors an individual for their contributions to local youth hockey programs. She was also the first woman to win the Emile Francis Award, which was presented to her by native New Yorkers and former Rangers Nick Fotiu and Brian Mullen. Some of Loeb's players were also at the ceremony to share in their coach's special moment.
A resident of Mount Kisco, N.Y., Loeb was nominated for the award by Steve Santini, owner of the Lady Bulldogs' home rink, the Brewster Ice Arena. Santini administrates all of the youth hockey programs hosted by the arena and works closely with Loeb in her role as the Lady Bulldogs' coach.
Prior to joining the Lady Bulldogs program when it began in 2002, Loeb had been coaching the Bedford Rippowam-Cisqua Girls Middle School team -- a position she still holds. A former college hockey player at St. Lawrence University, she also continues to play in adult women's leagues.
In addition to her coaching, Loeb is involved in the Lady Bulldogs' initiation program, recreational league, travel teams and the Tri-State GAL league.
"Caroline has been involved in ice hockey for over 40 years as a player, coach, team manager and administrator," Santini wrote in his Emile Francis Award nominating essay. "She has passed her love for the game on to many children throughout the Tri-State Area, most notably in Hudson Valley by volunteering her time and introducing hundreds of girls to the sport.
"... Her tireless volunteer efforts as a Coach, Team Manager, Scheduler and Coordinator of the Girls Programs at the Brewster Ice Arena and the Brewster Lady Bulldogs many times go unnoticed, but are the main reason for the success of the program."