North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received an inau­gural U.S. Olympic Achieve­ment Award, which honors coaches and student-​​athletes who won medals at either the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bei­jing, or the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Van­couver, Canada.

North­eastern women’s hockey coach Dave Flint, who served as an assis­tant coach for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, took home a silver medal in Feb­ruary 2010. He was rec­og­nized at the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­le­giate Direc­tors of Ath­letics (NACDA) con­ven­tion, which was held last month in Orlando, Florida.

The awards — cre­ated by the U.S. Olympic Com­mittee, U.S. National Gov­erning Bodies for Sport and the NACDA — rec­og­nized 28 student-​​athletes and 38 coaches from 41 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. North­eastern is the only pro­gram in the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence and one of two pro­grams in Hockey East to receive the achieve­ment award.

When Dave Flint was selected as a coach for our Olympic women’s hockey team, it was an honor for everyone asso­ci­ated with North­eastern and our ath­letics pro­gram,” said ath­letics director Peter Roby. “We remain com­mitted to sup­porting our coaches and student-​​athletes as they pursue their Olympic dreams.”

After taking a season-​​long sab­bat­ical to coach the U.S. squad, Flint returned to North­eastern to lead the 2010–2011 Huskies to a 16-​​win season. The club lost to Boston Col­lege in the third round of the Hockey East Tournament.

After the 2008–2009 season — his first at North­eastern — Flint was a runner-​​up for Hockey East Coach of the Year. He had led the Huskies to a 12–20-3 record and to their first Hockey East playoff appear­ance since 2003–2004.

Prior to joining North­eastern, Flint served as head coach for five years at St. Anselm Col­lege, where he was named Eastern Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence East Coach of the Year three times and was a three-​​time finalist for National Coach of the Year.

The Huskies will wel­come nine new players to next year’s squad, which will com­pete with Boston Uni­ver­sity, Boston Col­lege and other con­fer­ence rivals for Hockey East supremacy. “Hockey East has come a long way in a short period of time,” Flint said last Feb­ruary in assessing Northeastern’s suc­cessful season. “It’s very com­pet­i­tive, from the top to the bottom.”