UMass Offers Job to Quinnipiac's Pecknold
CHN Staff Report
Massachusetts has offered current Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold as its new head coach, sources tell College Hockey News. However, after leaning towards accepting, Pecknold has decided to turn down the offer, according to a USCHO.com source.
Quinnipiac athletic director Jack MacDonald could not be reached for comment.
A 1990 graduate of Connecticut College, Pecknold has been the only coach in Quinnipiac's Division I history, dating back to 1994-95. Pecknold signed contract extensions at Quinnipiac in five of the last six summers, the last one taking him through 2015-16.
Massachusetts is trying to replace Don Cahoon, who recently resigned after 12 years with the Minutemen. According to sources, former two-time Lake Superior coach Frank Anzalone has also been interviewed.
Pecknold is 337-230-61, all at Quinnipiac. The team made the NCAA Tournament in 2003, when it was a member of the MAAC, earning an automatic bid for winning the league's postseason tournament. Quinnipiac was accepted into the ECAC in 2005 to replace Vermont. Since then, Quinnipiac has some big wins, but generally been in the middle of the pack of the league. It made the ECAC championship game in 2007, ultimately losing to Clarkson.
Quinnipiac has 20 or more games in six of the eight seasons since moving to the ECAC.