ACHA DI Hockey Head Coach Dan Phelps, who coached in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) with the Michigan Ice Dogs, was named the 2011 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men's Division 1 Coach-of-the-Year, presented by Harrow Sports. Adrian finished the season with the most wins in program history going 32-6-3. The award was voted on by Phelps fellow ACHA Men's Division 1 coaches.
"Receiving this prestigious award is a great honor and not just an individual award, but a team award," Phelps said. "It represents the hard work and dedication of our staff and players that makes this award what it is to me. I am proud of our players and the accomplishments they have attained and thank them for their hard work and commitment to the program. With a young team in place, and a great staff to work with, we are excited for what lies ahead in the future!"
The 2010-11 season was one of many firsts for the Adrian ACHA DI team. This season included the school's first berth to the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships and a 5th place finish after falling in double-overtime in the quarterfinals. The team finished the regular season ranked #4 in the ACHA Men's Division 1 poll. The team won the inaugural Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League regular season and was the playoff runner-up. The Bulldogs defeated 10 teams that were ranked in the top 25, including two wins over eventual 2010-2011 Men's Division 1 National Champions Davenport University and twice defeating the 2010-2011 Men's Division 2 National Champions Grand Valley St.
Phelps was also named an Assistant Coach for the 2011 United States Men's National University Team, which participated in the 2011 Winter World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey. Phelps was also an Assistant Coach at the 2011 ACHA Men's Division 1 All-Star Game held at Adrian.
In three full seasons, Phelps has compiled an overall record of 77-32-7. In the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs finished with a record of 26-11-1, and finished #13 in the final pre-national rankings and missing the National Tournament by one slot.