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Wilson, RIT Agree on 4-Year Extension

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — RIT and coach Wayne Wilson have agreed on a four-year contract extension, taking him through the 2016-17 season.

Wilson, who will enter his 15th season behind the bench at RIT in 2013-14, is the university's all-time leader with a 270-145-44 record. Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Tigers have a 145-90-30 record, including a 2010 Atlantic Hockey championship and Frozen Four appearance.

"Wayne Wilson and RIT Hockey have become synonymous," said RIT athletic director Lou Spiotti. "He has led our program through an era that has been marked by excellence and success. We are fortunate to have a coach of his caliber at the helm of our Division I program. Coach Wilson's agreement with RIT secures his presence behind the Tigers bench and the prospects of many successful years ahead."

After the Frozen Four run, Wilson signed a five-year extension to stay at RIT. The current extension will wipe out the final two seasons of the original contract Wilson signed in 2010.

Under Wilson's tutelage, the Tigers have defeated at least one nationally-ranked team in all eight seasons of Division I play. In 2010, RIT defeated Denver, who was the No. 2 team in the nation, and last season, RIT opened by upsetting No. 3 Michigan at famed Yost Arena.

"I would like to thank (RIT President) Dr. Destler, (RIT Senior Vice President of Student Affairs) Dr. Mary Beth Cooper, Lou Spiotti, and all of our administration for their support," said Wilson. "The RIT community, our fans, and the Rochester community makes this the best job to have in Atlantic Hockey."

Wilson is the only head coach to win both the Edward Jeremiah Award (2001 Division III National Coach of the Year) and the Penrose Award (Division I National Coach of the Year).

A 1984 graduate of Bowling Green, Wilson played defense for the Falcons — and then-coach Jerry York — from 1980-1984, serving as team captain in 1984 when BGSU won the NCAA championship in an historic four overtime battle against Minnesota-Duluth.

Wilson later served as an assistant at Bowling Green before taking the RIT head coach position in 1999. Prior to RIT moving into Division I, he led the Tigers to three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

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