BOSTON — Northeastern University coach Greg Cronin, who was an assistant and an interim head coach at the University of Maine, was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year at the league’s annual awards banquet Thursday night.

Cronin, in his fourth season at NU, guided the Huskies to a 25-10-4 campaign and a second-place finish in the league regular season standings, their highest finish since the 1987-88 season when they also finished second. They went 18-6-3 in Hockey East during the regular season.

It marked a dramatic turnaround as the Huskies went 3-24-7 (3-17-7) in his first season (2005-2006).

The 45-year-old Colby College graduate was an assistant at Maine from 1988-90 and from 93-95.

He went 20-13-2 as the interim head coach after the late Shawn Walsh was suspended for one year for NCAA violations during the 1995-96 season. Cronin went 12-6-1 over the second half of the 1995-96 season and 8-7-1 over the first half of the 1996-97 campaign before Walsh returned.

Cronin has also served as an assistant at Colby College and Colorado College; coached for the United States National Team Development Program and was an assistant for the NHL’s New York Islanders before becoming the head coach of Bridgeport in the American Hockey League from 2003-2005.

He is 57-70-9 in his four seasons at NU.