Chris Schultz enters his 12th season leading the Geneseo men's ice hockey program in 2017-18.
The 2014 and 2016 Edward Jeremiah Award Winner as the Division III National Coach of the Year, Schultz was hired in 2006 as only the fourth head coach in the program’s now 43-year history. In 11 seasons leading his alma mater, he has compiled a 169-107-20 record while guiding the Knights to the postseason on 11 occasions, including a home playoff game each time. Named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year four of the last eight seasons (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), Schultz was also a finalist for the Jeremiah Award in 2011 and 2013.
Under Schultz’s watch, six Knights have earned All-America honors, including three that garnered a total of four first-team honors. Last season, Stephen Collins '17 was named a First-Team All-American and runner-up for the Sid Watson (Division III Player of the Year) Award for the second-straight season and was also tabbed the Herb Hammond Award winner as the top player in the SUNYAC for the second time in as many years. The lone two-time First-Team All-American in program history, he joined Trevor Hills '17 (2nd Team All-America) and Pat Condon '18 (3rd) in adding their names to the Knights' All-America list following the 2015-16 season. Schultz also guided Zachary Vit ’14 and Mitch Stephens '07 to SUNYAC Player of the Year and Sid Watson Award finalist recognition along a with First-Team All-America certificates during each of their senior campaigns while defenseman Danny Scagnelli ’11 landed a third-team certificate to punctuate his final season in Blue and White.
Schultz oversaw the team's run to its second NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearance in three years as well as the program's first SUNYAC Championship in 10 seasons during the 2015-16 campaign. The Knights finished the regular season with a 9-2-5 record in the SUNYAC to clinch the third-seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. Geneseo defeated sixth-seeded Potsdam, 4-1, in a home first-round game, before moving past second-seeded Buffalo State, 6-1, on the road to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to the Bengals. The Knights finished off the conference playoffs with a 7-1 win at top-seeded Plattsburgh to win their first title since back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 and also account for the 150th victory of Schultz's coaching career. Geneseo defeated Salve Regina (R.I.), 7-1, and Williams (Mass.), 2-1, in a pair of home NCAA Tournament games to punch its ticket to historic Lake Placid, N.Y. for a date with UW-Stevens Point in the national semifinals. Succumbing, 5-1, to the eventual national champion Pointers, the Knights finished with a 20-5-6 record becoming only the sixth 20-win team in program history while landing fifth in the final USCHO.com national poll.
Schultz guided the program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in 2013-14, finishing the season with a school record-tying 23-7 mark. Also compiling the best SUNYAC record (14-2) ever by a Geneseo squad, the Knights closed the regular season with six-straight victories to clinch the SUNYAC regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the conference tournament. Following a first-round bye, Geneseo shutout fourth-seeded Buffalo State, 2-0, in the semifinals to earn its first championship appearance in nine seasons. In a wild shootout against defending champion Oswego in front of a sold-out Wilson Ice Arena crowd, Geneseo clawed its way back from a 5-1 late second-period deficit to tie the game, 6-6, before succumbing on a Laker goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. Receiving one of four at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, Geneseo picked up its first-ever NCAA victories by defeating visiting Nichols (Mass.), 3-2, and Norwich (Vt.), 3-2, to earn one of four spots in the national semifinals. The Knights’ run ended with a 6-2 loss to eventual national champion St. Norbert (Wisc.) in a game played at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
Geneseo finished the year with its highest national ranking ever, standing fourth the final national poll, while the team’s 23 victories tied the 1989-90 and 1990-91 squads for the most wins in a season. Schultz was credited with his 100th career win following a 4-1 victory at Potsdam, becoming only the seventh coach in SUNYAC history to eclipse the plateau.
With Schultz behind the bench, the Knights have the accumulated the third-highest number of wins in the conference, while garnering a national rankings every year but one. In 2012-13, Schultz led the Knights to their highest win total in seven years, finishing with 17-9-1 record that included an 11-4-1 league mark and the third seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. The 2010-11 campaign saw the Knights climb as high as No. 6 in the national rankings en route to a 16-8-2 record and the second seed for the SUNYAC Tournament with a 10-5-1 league finish.
In his inaugural season in 2006-07, Schultz led the Knights to a 16-10 record and a 10-4 SUNYAC mark that was only four points behind eventual national champion Oswego. It was only the third time in the previous 16 season that Geneseo has won more than 15 games.
A native of Chili, N.Y., Schultz was an assistant coach at Geneseo under current RIT associate coach Brian Hills for three seasons (2000-2003) before serving three seasons as the head coach at his high school alma mater, Aquinas Institute (2003-2006). A private catholic school located in nearby Rochester, N.Y., Schultz led the Little Irish to a 54-14-3 record, including a runner-up finish for the 2006 New York State Class A Championship after winning the Section V Class A title.
Schultz graduated from Geneseo in 1997 with a dual degree in special education and history before going on to complete a master’s degree in education in 2002 at SUNY Brockport. As a student-athlete, Schultz was a two-time captain for the Knights while finishing with 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) during in his career. A member of the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List and All-Academic Team, he was awarded ECAC East Region USAir Rookie of the Week on one occasion.
Prior to his collegiate career, Schultz played one season with the Rochester Monarchs junior hockey team, serving as team captain and setting a team record with seven short-handed goals in 1993. He left Aquinas as the eighth-highest scorer in school history 38th all-time in Section V.
A resident of Livonia, N.Y., Schultz and his wife, Christy, have two sons -- Will and Drew.