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|Previous College:||Elmira '87|
Now entering his seventh season, Rick Seeley has quickly turned the Bobcats into a perennial contender, enhancing his reputation as one of the best program builders and strongest coaches in all of college hockey. In just six years, Seeley has transformed a team that, in his first season, won just three games, into an annual ECAC Hockey powerhouse that competes for league and national championships.
Last season, the Bobcats finished with their most successful single-season record (22-6-9) in program history. Quinnipiac’s 2013-14 season was filled with many highlights including being a nationally ranked team for 22 straight weeks, entering to USCHO.com Top 5 national rankings for the first time in program history and advancing to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals for the third time in the last five years. Also posing as considerable feats last season for the Bobcats was their 2-1 victory over No. 3 ranked Cornell in Lynah Rink, a place Quinnipiac hadn’t won since 2006 against the highest ranked opponent the Bobcats have ever defeated. The Bobcats also tied the eventual NCAA National Champ Clarkson, 3-3, on the road at Cheel Arena, won their fourth Nutmeg Classic Championship and scored Seeley’s 100th career victory at Quinnipiac with a 3-1 win over Dartmouth on Jan. 31, 2014. Seeley also helped guide the Bobcats’ senior forward Kelly Babstock to Second Team All-American honors, becoming the first player in the history of the program to have been named to the prestigious list.
The Bobcats’ amazing run in 2013-14 continues the upward trajectory of the program as they advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the fifth consecutive season, defeated a Top 5 ranked team for the third straight season, and bested their previous single-season record for home victories by a wide margin as the Bobcats finished with a 14-2-5 mark from the High Point Solutions Arena. Seeley’s leadership over the past five seasons is easily visible as only 10 other teams in Division I women’s ice hockey can match Quinnipiac’s 102 wins.
Seeley became the third head coach in the history of the women’s hockey program on April 8, 2008, and since then the Bobcats have compiled more wins than any previous six-year period in the program’s history. Described as a driven, hard-working individual, Seeley has instilled those same qualities in every team he has coached. He established a template for success and built his reputation starting women’s hockey programs at Division III Manhattanville College and Division I Clarkson University.
In six years, Seeley and the Bobcats have enjoyed numerous highlights. Seeley guided Quinnipiac to its most successful season in program history in 2013-14, finishing the year with a record of 22-6-9. The program has been nationally ranked in both the pairwise ranking and coach's poll at times during each of the past four seasons. Also under his tutelage, Seeley was named the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their first postseason berth in the 2009-10 season.
It was another banner year in 2012-13 as the Bobcats finished the season 20-12-4 and 13-6-3 in ECAC Hockey play. The team set a new program record for ECAC Hockey victories in a single-season and they advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the fourth straight season. Quinnipiac earned the No. 4 seed and hosted just their second postseason series in program history and the first since 2010. Among the many highlights throughout the season included the team’s landmark victory over No. 4 Cornell and Seeley’s 225th career victory coming in a 5-0 win over Brown.
The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 19-16-2 overall record and 12-8-2 in ECAC Hockey competition. They advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals as the No. 6 seed, upsetting No. 3 Clarkson in a thrilling 2-0 victory in game three of the best-of-three series. Quinnipiac’s season came to an end in the next round however as No. 1 Cornell bested the Bobcats for the second consecutive year in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
The 2010-11 team finished 22-12-2 and set a new program record for wins, won their first playoff series with a two game sweep at Princeton, and captured the Nutmeg Classic Championship. Freshman forward Kelly Babstock led all NCAA rookies in goals, assists, and points to earn both ECAC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors. Babstock was the second consecutive Rookie of the Year recruited by Coach Seeley, following goaltender Victoria Vigilanti’s 2010 win. Additionally, the ECAC named Seeley a finalist for its Coach of the Year award.
All of this comes closely on the heels of a fantastic 2009-2010
campaign, in which the ECAC Hockey League and the New England
Hockey Writers’ Association honored Coach Seeley as their
Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their
first-ever ECAC Hockey Playoff appearance. With 16 more wins than
the previous year, the team’s 19-10-8 record signified the
greatest single season turn-around in men’s or women’s
college hockey history. Among many other firsts, the team hosted a
home playoff series after finishing tied for 3rdplace in
the ECAC regular season, having never finished higher than
9th in any previous season. Quinnipiac also
received votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today Division I national
polls for six straight weeks. The team rose to
10th and captured the program’s first spot in
the national Top-10 on March 1, 2010.
Attention to detail, hard work, and a willingness to play team defense define Coach Seeley’s teams. The Bobcats have quickly become one of the top defensive teams in the nation. They won the first NCAA Statistical Championship in program history during the 2009-10 season, holding the opposition to 1.38 goals per game to lead the nation in Scoring Defense. The Bobcats held opposing teams to just 51 goals in 2009-10. The year before Seeley’s arrival, only two seasons before leading the nation, the Bobcats ranked dead last in Scoring Defense among all teams playing a full Division I schedule. They reaffirmed the coach’s commitment to defense last season, finishing 3rd in the nation in Scoring Defense, while Victoria Vigilanti tied for the national lead in Shutouts with nine.
Quinnipiac has also made great strides on special teams under Seeley’s leadership. Being the least penalized team in all of college hockey from 2009-11, 12-13, has certainly helped the penalty-kill. Before his arrival, the team ranked 32nd of 34 teams in penalty kill and were the 6th most penalized team. During the 2010-11 year, the team’s 89.7% kill rate ranked 4th in the nation, after ranking 3rd the previous season. Things have also gone well on the offensive side. The power play finished the 2012-13 season as the most-proficient in all of the ECAC Hockey at 20.5 percent.
Prior to his arrival at Quinnipiac, Coach Seeley spent six years leading the women’s team at Clarkson University. Named the program’s first head coach in the fall of 2002, he ushered in the varsity program, and in the Golden Knights first five seasons, compiled a 93-67-18 (.573) overall record. The Green and Gold earned ECAC Playoff berths in their first four seasons in the conference. Kira Hurley was named 2006 ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year. Lindsay Williams won the prestigious 2008 Sarah Devens Award. In his final season, 2007-08, the team went 24-9-5 and was knocking on the door of the NCAA Tournament finishing the season ranked 8th and 9th in the two national polls.
As the first coach of the Manhattanville College women’s program, he achieved similar early success, assembling four outstanding recruiting classes and guiding the program to national prominence at the Division III level. During his three seasons at Manhattanville (1999-2002) Seeley led the Valiants to a 54-16-4 overall record. In 2001-02, Manhattanville went 23-2-2, including an undefeated run in conference play, and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. That year Manhattanville was ranked as high as No. 2 in the national polls following its win over then-No. 1 Middlebury College. In the process, the Valiants ended Middlebury’s 136-game, seven-year winning streak versus Division III opponents. Seeley was named ECAC East Coach of the Year and runner-up for National Coach of the Year.
Seeley holds a 252-165-53 career record and a 105-82-31 record while at Quinnipiac. He collected his 250th career victory on Jan. 31, 2014 with a 3-1 win over Dartmouth. In addition to his team success, Seeley has also coached 10 All-ECAC Hockey performers and mentored 72 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team honorees during his tenure.
During his career Seeley has crafted an extensive background in the sport at numerous levels, including as an assistant coach at two NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey programs: Hobart College (1987-93) and Rochester Institute of Techonology (1997-98). He helped Hobart advance to the program’s first-ever two postseason appearances, and recruited two future All-Americans at RIT while advancing to the 1998 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. He was recently named to the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee in July of 2011.
Seeley currently resides in Middletown, Conn. with his wife Chapel and his sons, Bodin and Kade.
THE RICK SEELEY FILE
• Coached ECAC Women’s Ice Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year, Kelly Babstock.
• Named ECAC Hockey Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Of The Year in 2009-10.
• Led Quinnipiac to its first ever post-season berth and victory in 2009-10.
• Third head coach in history of Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey.
• First head coach in history of Clarkson (Div.I) and
Manhattanville (Div. III) women’s ice
• Guided Golden Knights to playoffs in first four seasons as ECAC Hockey member.
• Coached Manhattanville to 2002 NCAA Division III National Championship Game.
• Named 2002 Runner-up Division III Coach of the Year
and ECAC East Coach of the Year
• As men’s assistant helped guide RIT to 1998 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.
• Served as director of community relations & assistant to general manager with AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (1993-97).
• As men’s associate helped guide Hobart to school’s first winning seasons, along with national rankings in 1992-93.
• Played three years at Elmira (1984-87), leading team to 1986 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.
• Scored 79 points (34 goals and 45 assists) in 64 career games.
• Earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Elmira in 1987.
RICK SEELEY'S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD
|Manhattanville (Div. III)||1999–2000||15-8-0||8-2-0||7-6-0||0-0-0||Independent||--||--|
|Clarkson (Div. I)||2003-04||16-12-3||7-6-1||9-6-2||0-0-0||Independent||--||--|
|Totals||14 Seasons||252-165-53 (.592)||135-65-27 (.654)||111-94-25 (.537)||6-6-1 (.500)||132-86-35 (.591)||72-37-17 (.639)||60-48-18 (.548)|
% - ECAC Division III
# - ECAC Hockey