Dennehy Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension
CHN Staff Report
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Merrimack has announced a multi-year contract extension for head coach Mark Dennehy. Dennehy is in the midst of his 12th season behind the bench for the Warriors this season.
"I would like to thank President [Dr. Christopher E.] Hopey and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson for their faith in me, and I look forward to working with them to bring this college to new heights on the ice, in the classroom and within the community," said Dennehy.
On the ice, Dennehy guided Merrimack to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988 in 2010-11, while setting a Hockey East era school record with 25 wins and reaching the Hockey East Championship for the first time ever. The following season, Merrimack started the year 9-0-1 and was the first team out of an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.
"Mark has done an excellent job in developing and elevating the profile of the men's ice hockey program over the last 12 years," said Gibson. "He brings to Merrimack a distinct vision for success and strives to attract and develop outstanding student-athletes and coaches."
Off the ice, the program posted a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for the third straight year and earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top-10 percent nationwide in APR for the third straight year. Additionally, a league-high 19 Warriors earned Hockey East All-Academic honors in 2015-16, marking the third straight year and fifth time in the last eight season that the program paced Hockey East in all-academic accolades. Merrimack has also had a Top Scholar-Athlete in each of the last three years and had five student-athlete earn that distinction in 2015-16.