Hartford, Conn., May 29, 2012 – John Dunham (West Hartford, Conn.), the guiding force behind the Trinity College ice hockey program for 37 years, was honored by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance this spring as a Gold Key recipient for his lasting impact on sports in the state of Connecticut. Dunham was recognized, along with U.S. Women's Soccer Olympic Gold Medalist Kristine Lilly, longtime Bacon Academy boys' and girls' basketball and baseball coach Dave Shea, and legendary Trinity Catholic High School boys' basketball coach Mike Walsh, at the Annual Gold Key Dinner at the Aqua Turf in late April.
Dunham began coaching Trinity's club hockey team in 1970 and helped it attain varsity status in 1974. In the ensuing 32 seasons, he guided the Bantams to an impressive 441-306-34 record, including 21 playoff appearances, four ECAC North/South championships (1986, 1987, 1988, and 1991), and a NESCAC Championship in 2003. In 2004-05, Trinity qualified for its second NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and posted the program's first NCAA victory, 4-0, at Geneseo State to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time. The Bantams qualified for their sixth straight NESCAC Championship Tournament last winter, winning, 3-2, in overtime at Colby to reach the league semifinals for the sixth year in a row.
Dunham's 441 career-coaching victories placed him third among all active Division III coaches, fifth in Division III history, ninth among all active coaches in all divisions, and 20th among all coaches in all divisions in wins at the time of his retirement following the 2006-07 season. He left Trinity with more wins at the same school than any other Division III coach. Dunham was named as the 2005 NESCAC Coach of the Year and as a finalist for the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division III National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2005. He was also the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003.
A standout goaltender at Brown University, Dunham graduated in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in history. He is also a 1969 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Dunham was awarded the 2009 Parker-York Award by the New England Hockey Writers for his lifelong contribution to New England Hockey, and the 2010 John MacInnes Award recipient by the AHCA. Dunham was named to the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame in April of last year.