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Bazin Extended Through 2015-16

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LOWELL, Mass. — Norm Bazin, who took Massachusetts-Lowell to the NCAA tournament last season and won the 2011-12 Hockey East Coach of the Year in his first year behind the bench, has signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season, the school announced today.

Lowell was 24-13-1 last season, a 19-win improvement over the previous season, and placed second in Hockey East with a 17-9-1 record.

"I'd like to thank Chancellor (Marty) Meehan and athletic director Dana Skinner for the confidence they have in our coaching staff by presenting us with this contract extension,” Bazin said. “We are proud to be part of the growth and progress going on at UMass Lowell. Along with the campus community, my staff and I are excited for the future of UMass Lowell hockey."

The River Hawks defeated Miami in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Union in the East Regional final.

In his first year, Bazin spearheaded a fundraising effort which generated $250,000 for the addition of a hockey performance center, currently being constructed off the Tsongas Center. Meanwhile, the team had a record average attendance of 5,110 per game.

"As we look ahead, we’re excited about the hockey program,” Skinner said. “The Tsongas Center is now one the finest hockey venues in the country; attendance last year exceeded 5,000 fans for the first time in school history; and home games are now a centerpiece of campus life. Norm has become the face of UMass Lowell hockey, both on and off the ice. We’re looking forward to the next four years under Norm’s leadership.”

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