HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley has been named to the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Committee for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The committee, which consists of four members, is responsible for the administration of the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey post-season tournament each year. Members are responsible for the selection and seeding of participants, site selection, date formulas, and the overseeing of the quarterfinals and Frozen Four.
"I am excited to have been selected to the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Selection Committee," said Seeley. "To be included in a committee with such great responsibility is a tremendous honor and I am proud to represent both Quinnipiac and ECAC Hockey in the upcoming season."
Seeley joins Chris Schneider (Ohio State), Shannon Miller (Minnesota Duluth), and Megan McHugo (Ivy League) as the fourth member of the committee.
Under the leadership of Seeley in 2010-11, the Bobcats experienced one of the most successful seasons in program-history, finishing with a program-best 22 overall wins and 12 ECAC Hockey victories, compiling combined records of 22-12-3 (12-9-1 ECAC Hockey). Quinnipiac received national prominence for its impressive play when it garnered the program's highest-ever ranking (No. 10) in the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll on January 17, 2011, a spot it held for two-consecutive weeks.
With a 2-0 series sweep against Princeton in the best-of-three format of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals, Seeley led Quinnipiac to the program's first-ever semifinals appearance. The Bobcats fell to the eventual ECAC Hockey Tournament Champions Cornell, 4-3, to conclude their remarkable season.
Seeley, who was named 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year, was once again nominated as a top-three finalist for 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year. In three seasons at Quinnipiac, Seeley has compiled a 44-48-16 record; however, the squad has made drastic improvements in the past two years especially, accumulating a 41-22-11 overall mark during that span. In 12 seasons as a head coach, Seeley holds a career record of 206-131-38 and a 152-115-34 in Division I action.
The Bobcats begin the 2011-12 campaign when they travel to national powerhouse Mercyhurst on Friday, September 30 for a 7:00 p.m. start.