Pecknold Signs Contract Extension
CHN Staff Report
HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 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.”
This past season, Pecknold’s 16th behind the Bobcats’ bench, Quinnipiac was ranked as highly as a program-best fourth in the polls, with season-opening wins against Ohio State as the team opened 12-1.
"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 went on to clinch home-ice in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, with the first-round clinching victory serving as Pecknold’s 300th of his career. His next win came in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against Union in Schenectady, N.Y., in the longest game in the history of college ice hockey. Quinnipiac eventually lost the series.
In 16 seasons at Quinnipiac, Pecknold has been a two-time finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the top Division I college hockey coach. Pecknold guided Quinnipiac to two MAAC regular-season titles, one Atlantic Hockey regular-season title, one MAAC tournament title and the first-ever NCAA berth in program history in 2002.
Pecknold is currently 252-159-39 (.611) at the Division I level with a combined 301-201-47 (.591) mark at both the Division I and Division II levels.