Dallas Stars amateur scout Bob Gernander has been named the 2015 recipient of the American Hockey Coaches Association's (AHCA) John Mariucci Award. The Mariucci Award was created to honor a secondary school association coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and enthusiasm of the "Godfather of U.S. hockey," John Mariucci.
Gernander coached Greenway High School in Colerain, Minnesota for a total of 14 seasons, coming in two seven-year stints from 1966-73 and 1983-90. During his time behind the Greenway bench, Gernander coached his team to five Minnesota State Tournaments (1967-70, 1987), capturing back-to-back Minnesota state titles (1967, 1968), a state consolation title in 1969 and a third place title in 1987.
After his first seven-year stint with Greenway, Gernander left the school to coach the Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings of the Midwest Junior Hockey League (now the USHL). He spent two seasons behind the Sugar Kings bench from 1973-75, earning a 66-53-1 record. In 1975, he moved on to coach the Albuquerque Chaparrals of the Southwest Hockey League for two seasons from 1975-77 before the League folded in 1977.
He left Greenway after his second stint as coach to become a full-time scout for the San Jose Sharks in 1990 before joining the Stars organization in 1998 in the same capacity.
Gernander will receive his award at the 2015 AHCA Convention in Naples, Florida on Saturday, May 2.