Canisius' Smith Gets Contract Extension
CHN Staff Report
After leading Canisius its most successful season in school history, Dave Smith has signed a contract extension that will keep him as head coach of the program through the 2016-17 season.
Smith is set to enter his ninth season in charge of the Golden Griffin program after leading Canisius to its first conference championship, and NCAA tournament berth.
“Dave has done a tremendous job in building Canisius into a championship level program in the Atlantic Hockey Association,” athletic director Bill Maher said. “He continues to recruit outstanding student-athletes who represent what is best about Canisius, both on and off the ice. This past season was another positive step for Canisius College hockey and we are thrilled that Dave will lead the program as we continue building on last season’s success.”
The school also noted Smith's success with the team off the ice. The hockey team has a cumulative GPA of 3.42 – the highest of any team at Canisius – and three student-athletes have been honored as Atlantic Hockey Top Scholar Athlete in the last seven seasons.
In addition, Canisius received national attention after the success of 2011 graduate Cory Conacher. The 2009-10 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, Conacher became the first Griff to play in the National Hockey League when he totaled 29 points, 11 goals and 18 assists in 47 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators this past season.
“I am very grateful to the Canisius community because of the commitment it has shown to developing leaders both on and off the ice," Smith said. "President Hurley, Bill Maher and John Maddock have been great leaders for Griffs hockey and it is a really exciting time for our program.”
Before joining Canisius, Smith spent three seasons as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Mercyhurst, helping the Lakers to two league titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also served stints as an assistant coach at both Bowling Green and Miami.