Robert Morris, Schooley Agree to 3-Year Extension
CHN Staff Report
Robert Morris has signed coach Derek Schooley to a three-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
"We are thrilled to extend Derek's contract and to ensure that he will remain a Colonial for a long time," athletic director Craig Coleman said. "As the founding coach of our men's hockey program, he continues to push the program to greater heights."
Schooley is entering his 14th season with the Colonials as the program's only head coach since its founding in 2003. Schooley has led the Colonials to a 213-205-58 (.508) record. Schooley was named the 2014-15 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year.
"My family and I would like to thank Robert Morris University President Dr. Chris Howard and Dr. Craig Coleman for the confidence that they have shown in me and direction of the Colonial Hockey program," said Schooley. "We are proud members of the Robert Morris community and the city of Pittsburgh."
Robert Morris reached its first NCAA tournament after winning the Atlantic Hockey tournament title in 2014, and won back-to-back regular-season championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Colonials have advanced to the AHC championship game in each of the last two seasons and three of the last four.
The Colonials have played host to several of college hockey's top teams as part of the Three Rivers Classic, played in the home of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the hometown tournament three times in five years, including back-to-back Confluence Cup titles, aiming for a three-peat in 2017-18.
"I am honored and humbled every day to lead this program," said Schooley. "We could not have done it without the dedication of great staff members, players and alumni. I look forward to continuing the success we have built over the past thirteen years."
A native of St. Louis, Schooley played defense at Western Michigan from 1991-94 and skated in three minor-league professional seasons before beginning his coaching career in 1997 with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League. Schooley's collegiate coaching career began as an assistant at Cornell and, later, as an assistant at Air Force.