Leading the efforts to create NCHC pod, organize NCAA tournament, Omaha’s Kemp selected winner of 2021 NCHC Commissioner’s Award


Mike Kemp watches NCHC motion from the pod at Baxter Enviornment to kick off the 2020-21 season (picture: Mark Kuhlmann),

For his service to the NCHC and NCAA males’s hockey throughout a troublesome 2020-21 season, Omaha senior affiliate athletic director Mike Kemp has been honored with the 2021 NCHC Commissioner’s Award.

Throughout a turbulent and making an attempt 2020-21 season, Kemp spearheaded two of crucial occasions for the NCHC and NCAA this season in main the organizing efforts for each the NCHC pod and 2021 NCAA match.

“Merely put, with out the service and dedication by Mike Kemp, the success of the 2020-21 NCHC season and NCAA males’s ice hockey match doesn’t occur,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton stated in a press release. “Our convention is extremely grateful for Mike’s efforts to assist the membership begin the NCHC season efficiently inside the pod. The general males’s faculty hockey group can also be very grateful for his management in choosing the sector in a really non-traditional method and working a profitable match.”

Alongside along with his duties at Omaha and Baxter Enviornment, Kemp accomplished his first yr as chair of the Division I Males’s NCAA Ice Hockey Championship Committee in 2020-21.

“Throughout a difficult yr for all of us in collegiate athletics, I can’t consider anybody extra deserving of the NCHC Commissioner’s Award than Coach Kemp,” stated Omaha vice chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts. “The NCHC pod to start out the season and the NCAA hockey match have been executed flawlessly and safely because of the devoted focus and keenness of Mike Kemp.”

Kemp has been part of the Mavericks’ household for practically 25 years, serving in a number of roles. He has served in his present function as Omaha senior affiliate AD for occasions and services since being promoted in March of 2019. Previous to that, he was an affiliate athletic director at UNO for 12 years, shifting into that function in 2009 after finishing a 12-year run as this system’s first head hockey coach. A member of the Omaha Hockey Corridor of Fame and Omaha Sports activities Corridor of Fame, Kemp helped begin the Omaha hockey program in 1997, becoming a member of the employees in 1996, and now oversees UNO’s hockey program and Baxter Enviornment in his present place.

“I’m actually humbled and grateful to obtain this award. To me, recognition by your friends is the final word acknowledgement of an individual’s achievements, so I’m particularly honored by this recognition of my work,” Kemp stated. “I’ve been working full-time in faculty athletics for 45 years, and hockey has been my ardour since I began teaching faculty membership hockey on the age of 23, so to have this group categorical appreciation for my efforts on behalf of the sport this previous yr is extremely particular.”

The NCHC Commissioner’s Award doesn’t should be introduced yearly. The recipient could also be any particular person related to the NCHC and could also be a present or former athletics administrator, school athletics consultant, coach, Convention workplace employees member or a person not related immediately with any establishment or the convention workplace.

The final time the award was introduced was in 2019 when former Colorado Faculty director of athletics Ken Ralph earned the accolades.


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