Friday, July 20, 2007

Quinnipiac's Pecknold Signs Extension.

CHN reports that Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2011-‘12 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“I am very pleased that Rand Pecknold will continue to serve as our head men's ice hockey coach. (Pecknold) continues to elevate our program within ECAC Hockey and the Division I ranks. I am very confident that our men’s ice hockey program will maintain its continued success within the ECAC, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, and in the classroom in the coming years,” noted Quinnipiac’s Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald

Last season, Pecknold’s Bobcats pulled together their 11th straight winning season, going 21-14-5 – a season which included 18 weeks in the national rankings and a two-game series sweep of #18 Cornell at Lynah Rink. The Bobcats, however, were defeated in the ECACHL tournament finals by #5 Clarkson and failed to make the NCAA tournament.

“I’m extremely appreciative of the commitment displayed once again by Quinnipiac University and its senior administrators to myself, my family and our men's ice hockey program,” noted Pecknold.

Pecknold, who is entering his 14th season at Quinnipiac, helped guide his Bobcats through the rigors of a Division II to Division I transition, and did so while amassing an impressive winning record. In 13 seasons, Pecknold, the winningest hockey coach in the program’s history, amassed a record of 243-150-38 (194-108-30 at the D-I level, 141-58-26 in conference play), along with three conference titles (1998-‘99 through 2000-‘01) and one NCAA tournament appearance (2001-‘02).

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