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Army Signs Extension at Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence has signed coach Tim Army to a multi-year contract extension to remain with the Friars through 2013.

Army will begin his fourth season as head coach in 2008-09. A year ago, Providence was ranked as high as No. 11 on February 4, 2008. Of the program's 14 victories last season, 10 were against ranked teams, including a 5-3 victory over No. 5 Michigan State on Dec. 29, as part of the Great Lakes Invitational. Providence also posted two wins at No. 9 Boston College, marking the first time since 1996 that PC has posted two victories at Kelley Rink.

"Coach Army has given so much of himself to the men's ice hockey program over the years, as a player, an alum and now as our head coach," Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll said. "We look forward to achieving success under the direction of Coach Army, as he follows his vision and upholds the mission of the College."

Army came to Providence three years ago, looking to instill a more faster-paced, aggressive style of hockey. Last season, eight members of the team in 2007-08 recorded career highs in scoring, led by Matt Taormina (27 points), who recorded the most points by a Friar defenseman since All-American Matt Wood had 29 points during the 2003-04 season.

Prior to his arrival at Providence, Army spent three seasons with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. While with the Pirates, he posted a 99-89-32-20 mark. Before his stint at Portland, he spent nine seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL for two different teams. He worked for four seasons as an assistant for Friar great Ron Wilson with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1993-97) and five years under Wilson with the Washington Capitals (1997-02).

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