Dennehy Named Associate AD
CHN Staff Report
Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy has been named an associate athletic director at the school, along with women's basketball coach Monique LeBlanc. Each also remains as coach.
The move comes the day former athletic director Glenn Hoffman officially resigned following an investigation into his conduct. He has been under administrative leave since July for unspecified reasons.
The college hired the law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP to conduct an investigation of Hoffman, 47. According to the school, the investigation determined that there were sufficient "personnel-based" reasons for his dismissal. The specifics of the investigation will not be made public.
“Both Monique and Mark are dynamic and proven leaders, and I am pleased they have accepted the opportunity to serve as key members of our administrative team,” interim athletic director Dean O’Keefe said. “As Merrimack Athletics continues to move forward, Monique and Mark will play an important role in setting our strategy and direction.”
As part of his new duties, Dennehy will spearhead the department's management of the renovated and expanded Volpe Athletic Center, including the addition of a second hockey rink, new locker rooms, and new weight room and health science facilities. Dennehy will also assist in Hockey East administrative matters, fundraising and additional department initiatives.
In seven seasons at Merrimack, Dennehy has transformed the program from a three-win team in 2006-07 to reaching the Hockey East Championship and NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 behind a 25-win season. While maintaining at least a 3.0 team grade-point-average and having a Hockey East best 14 student-athletes named to the Hockey East All-Academic team, the hockey team was ranked first nationally in November of 2011 and was ranked all season for the first time ever.