Jackson Signs 2-Year Extension
CHN Staff Report
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson, last season's Penrose Award winner and College Hockey News Coach of the Year, has signed a two-year contract extension to continue as coach of the Fighting Irish through the 2012-13 campaign.
In just two seasons behind the Notre Dame bench, Jackson has guided the Irish from last place in the CCHA to a CCHA regular-season and tournament championship in 2006-07. The Irish fell just short of the Frozen Four, losing to eventual champion Michigan State in the Midwest Regional final.
Notre Dame was 32-7-3 overall last season and 21-4-3 in the conference. Jackson's squad had a 19-point improvement in the CCHA standings.
"In just two years, Jeff has made the Irish hockey program one of the best and most exciting in the country, while also maintaining our commitment to excellence in the classroom. I look forward to many more years of on- and off-the-ice success under his leadership," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president.
Added Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White:
"Jeff in a very short time has taken our hockey program places it has never been before. The way in which he went about positioning Notre Dame as one of the elite teams in the country this past season suggests that he has every intention of keeping us in that sort of company as we look to the future."
Jackson took over the program in May 2005. He won two national championships at Lake Superior State before leaving college hockey in 1996 to help start the U.S. National Development program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
His record of 227-78-32 (.721) is the top winning percentage among all active Division I coaches.
"I'm extremely honored to have the opportunity to continue what we started this season with the Notre Dame hockey program. It's definitely a vote of confidence for both our coaching staff (Paul Pooley, Andy Slaggert, Mike McNeill) and the team," said Jackson, a 1978 Michigan State graduate.