August 14, 2012

Quinnipiac signs coach Pecknold to contract extension

By Jesse Connolly

After reportedly turning down an offer to become head coach at UMass, Rand Pecknold decided he couldn’t stray from Quinnipiac after 18 seasons behind the bench there. On Monday, he reinforced his commitment to the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac directors of athletics Jack McDonald announced that Pecknold (Bedford, N.H.) signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.

"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."

Pecknold led the Bobcats to their 16th straight non-losing season in 2011-12, going 20-14-6 overall and 9-8-5 in ECAC Hockey. Pecknold has topped the 20-win mark in 14 of his 18 seasons at the helm. The school has won an ECAC Hockey playoff series seven years running, as Quinnipiac won two of three games against Brown in the first round this spring.

"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."

For his career, Pecknold is 337-230-62, placing him in the top 10 among active coaches in NCAA Division 1 hockey. 

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