Appert Staying at RPI; Signs Contract Extension
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
Seth Appert, who this week interviewed for the open Denver head coaching position, has signed a contract extension through 2020-21 to stay as head coach at Rensselaer.
Appert had signed an extension two years ago, and was already under contract through the 2017-18 season. The addition of three more years demonstrates a clear mutual commitment.
Appert, who was an assistant coach for two national championship teams at Denver, has been head coach at RPI since 2006. Denver had an opening when long-time coach George Gwozdecky was let go last week.
"I'm excited as heck," Appert said about stay with the Engineers. "I appreciate the support (the school has) shown me through my career, in hard times in the early years and now as we've been contending."
RPI, coming off a second-place finish in the ECAC, is returning a team that should be able to contend for a title. That, plus the excitement surrounding the league's impending national champion team, makes staying with RPI attractive.
"It shows you can win anywhere," Appert said. "I believe that, I believed it when I got here. But now we have two teams playing for a national championship, and we finished in second place in that league. The way college hockey has shifted, you see our league's commitment to playing for championships."
Denver has also interviewed Derek Lalonde, another former assistant who once replaced Appert at Denver; and Jim Montgomery, a former assistant to Appert at RPI and a Maine alum who is thought to be a strong contender to replace Tim Whitehead at his alma mater.