Ron Fogarty begins his sixth season behind the bench as the architect of the successful men’s hockey program at Adrian College. The Bulldogs needed a leader to begin a program and found the right man in Fogarty.
In 2011-12, the Bulldogs captured their fifth straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) regular season title in their fifth year of existance as a program. The team finished 20-6-1 marking every season that the Bulldogs have reached the 20-win plateau. They were 17-2-1 in the MCHA and defeated MSOE by two points in the standings. The Bulldogs are now 94-4-2 in the MCHA since joining the league in regular season play with four Harris Cup titles. Adrian had the sixth-highest scoring offense in NCAA Division III averaging 4.37 goals per game. They also had the 10th-best power play nationally scoring on 25.8 percent of their chances. Fogarty was also named MCHA Coach of the Year for the second time in five seasons. He helped guide Chris Stansik and Zach Graham to West Region All-American honors.
In 2010-11, the Bulldogs compiled an overall record of 25-4-1 and advanced to the NCAA National Championship game. The national runner-up team finish was the best in the history of Adrian College. Fogarty also guided the team to its fourth straight MCHA regular season and Harris Cup titles and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The team finished second in the final USCHO Division III Poll which was the highest ranking in school and MCHA history. The Bulldogs defeated Elmira and Oswego State en route to the national title contest. Adrian fell just short 4-3 to St. Norbert College at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bulldogs once again led the nation in scoring offense (4.97 gpg) for the fourth consecutive year and led Division III in scoring margin (2.73 gpg).
In 2009-10, the Bulldogs posted a record of 24-4 (20-0 MCHA) and won their third straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) regular season and Harris Cup titles. The automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the Harris Cup allowed Adrian to play their first tournament game at St. Norbert (Wis.). The Bulldogs fell 4-3 to the Green Knights nearly rallying from a 4-1 deficit. The team has compiled a 77-8-1 record under his watch, which is the best three-year beginning in NCAA Division III history. Last season marked the third straight year that Adrian led NCAA Division III in scoring (6.71 gpg). In addition, they led Division III in scoring margin (4.25) and penalty killing (90.5 percent) and ranked second on the power play (29.9 percent). The team finished the season ranked 10th in the USCHO.com national poll.
Adrian posted a 27-1-1 record in 2008-09 while going a perfect 20-0 in the MCHA, which had never been done before in league history. The team once again was the top scoring team in Division III averaging 6.52 goals per game. In addition, the team ranked second in scoring defense allowing 1.69 goals per game. The Bulldogs led the nation in penalty minutes per game (26.6) and also had the best power play (35.9 percent). AC had the fourth-best penalty kill (88.3 percent) and had the most wins in Division III. At the conclusion of the season, Adrian was ranked seventh in the USCHO.com national poll.
The Bulldogs had unprecedented success in 2007-08 as they set an NCAA single-season record for wins by a first-year program (26-3). Adrian College captured the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) regular season and tournament titles in convincing fashion. The Bulldogs concluded the regular season with a 19-1 conference record which was nine points better than second place Marian. In the conference tournament, held in Milwaukee, the Bulldogs needed overtime in the championship game against a pesky Finlandia squad but survived for the 1-0 win. Along the way, the Bulldogs were ranked as high as eighth in the national polls and set numerous statistical records. Adrian set 17 conference records in 2007-08 and ranked first in Division III in scoring offense (7.59 goals per game), scoring margin (5.34 goals per game), and power play percentage (.357).
Prior to Adrian College, Fogarty served as assistant coach at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in the Division I CCHA Conference and served as the top assistant coach at Clarkson University (New York).
Fogarty was a four-year member of the Colgate ice hockey team before graduating in 1995. He was named to the 1992 ECAC All-Rookie team and received the Colgate Coaches’ Award in 1994. He participated in the Senior All-Star game following his senior season and upon graduation ranked 20th on the Red Raider’s all-time scoring list with 141 points. He remained at Colgate for three years as a member of the coaching staff.
A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Fogarty played professional hockey for the Memphis Riverkings of the Central Hockey League during the 1995-96 season. He was voted to the All-Rookie team and was honored with the team’s Mr. Hustle Award.
Fogarty gained valuable coaching and recruiting experience from 1991-93 when he worked with the Bluewater Sharks (Bantam) of the Summer AAA. During his tenure, the Sharks compiled a 57-19-3 record and Fogarty was named the Coach of the Year after just one season.
Fogarty and his wife, Monica, reside in Adrian and have three children, Jordan, Rachel and Emma.