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Leaman Gets Long-Term Extension

CHN Staff Report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On a day Providence unveiled renovations to Schneider Arena, the school also announced a long-term contract extension for head coach Nate Leaman.

“This extension for Coach Leaman is well deserved,” school president Rev. Brian Shanley said. “In a short period of time, Nate has confirmed all of the reasons why we hired him to be our men’s hockey coach.  He has built a strong staff and, together, they have the respect and admiration of our student-athletes.  He has been highly successful in recruiting talented student-athletes to join our program, and our success on the ice has been self-evident to anyone who follows collegiate hockey. We are convinced that Nate is the right individual to lead our men’s hockey program and this extension demonstrates our continued commitment to him.”

Leaman is entering his third season at Providence. In his first two seasons leading the Friars, Leaman led Providence to back-to-back Hockey East semifinal appearances for the first time in 17 seasons. The Friars finished the 2012-13 season tied for third in the Hockey East standings and they hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time since 2002-03. Providence went on to win a home-ice quarterfinal series for the first time since 2001, as the Friars defeated New Hampshire, two games to one, to advance to the TD Garden.

“We are excited that Nate Leaman will be coaching the Friars for many years to come,” athletic director Bob Driscoll said. “This is a historic time for Providence College hockey. With Nate’s leadership, the team has made consecutive Hockey East semifinal appearances and we are confident that under his guidance, the men’s hockey program will compete for championships in the coming years in the newly renovated Schneider Arena.”

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