August 13, 2012

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold Signs Contract Extension Through 2016-17 Season

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald has announced that Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

"I'm very excited with my new contract extension. I look forward to another five years at Quinnipiac, and hopefully beyond," Pecknold said. "I'm thankful to President John Lahey, Vice President Mark Thompson and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald for the resources and support that have made Quinnipiac successful. I'm very excited for the upcoming year at the TD Bank Sports Center."

In 2011-12, Rand Pecknold, in his 18th season as Quinnipiac's head coach, guided the Bobcats to its 16th consecutive non-losing season with a 20-14-6 overall mark, including a 9-8-5 record in ECAC Hockey, giving Pecknold 20-win seasons in 14 out of his 18 years behind the bench for Quinnipiac, as well as his 11th in 14 years at the Division I level. In addition, Quinnipiac's 13-4-3 home record matches the 2009-10 team's mark for most wins on its own ice while giving the Bobcats their best winning percentage (.725) since 2005-06.

"Rand and his staff continue to elevate our men's ice hockey team to national prominence," McDonald said. "I am pleased that he will continue to guide the program to be successful on the ice and in the classroom while also making an impact in the community."
 
Quinnipiac pushed its streak as the only team to win a ECAC Hockey Championship tournament series in each of the last seven years when it took two of three games against Brown in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round on Mar. 2-4 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. In 2010-11, Pecknold was selected as ECAC Hockey's representative on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey committee. Pecknold will the second year of his two-year term in 2012-13 seasons.

Off the ice, the Bobcats ranked among the top half of Quinnipiac's Department of Athletics in Positive Play points, which encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes and coaches. Also, Quinnipiac was one of four ECAC Hockey schools, along with Brown, Yale and Rensselaer, to feature 20 student-athletes on the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team. In all, 21 Quinnipiac skaters posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher over the last three semesters.

For his career, Pecknold boasts a career record of 337-230-62, making him just the fifth coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to reach the 300-win mark, while ranking among the top 10 in active coaches in NCAA Division I hockey. Since joining the Division I ranks for the 1998-99 season, Quinnipiac ranks in the top ten in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey in wins and winning percentage. Among his many honors, Pecknold is a two-time Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year finalist, the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year, the 2006 InsideCollegeHockey.com ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year and was a member of the inaugural class of the Elm City Legends in 2008.

In 2009-10, Quinnipiac reached new heights as the Bobcats were ranked 4th nationally in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls after winning 12 of their first 13 games. In 2010-11, Quinnipiac hosted elite national programs in Ohio State and nationally-ranked No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha,  whom the Bobcats swept in a two-game series, at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Quinnipiac opens the 2012-13 season on Saturday, Oct. 6 when it travels to Orono, Me. to face the University of Maine at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will then return home for an exhibition game against Acadia on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. before hosting Robert Morris on Oct. 13-14 for a two-game series on Parent's Weekend.