July 28, 2010

Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics

HAMDEN, Conn. –
Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics Jack McDonald has announced that Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

“I’m very excited with my new contract extension. I look forward to another five years at Quinnipiac, and hopefully beyond,” Pecknold said. “I’m thankful to President John Lahey, Vice President Mark Thompson and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald for the resources and support that have made Quinnipiac successful.  I’m very excited for the upcoming year at the TD Bank Sports Center.”

This past season, Pecknold’s 16th behind the Bobcats’ bench, Quinnipiac reached new heights as they ascended to its all-time highest national ranking in program history, fourth in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I polls. Pecknold led the Bobcats to season-opening wins against nationally-ranked Ohio State on the Buckeyes home ice as the Bobcats went on to win 12 of their first 13 games. Along the way, Quinnipiac knocked-off nationally-ranked Cornell in an ECAC Hockey match-up at the Big Red-friendly confines of Lynah Rink, and Massachusetts on the TD Bank Sports Center.

"Rand and his staff continue to elevate our men's ice hockey team to national prominence,” McDonald said. “I am pleased that he will continue to guide the program to be successful on the ice and in the classroom while also making an impact in the community.”

Quinnipiac went on to clinch home-ice in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, with the first-round clinching victory serving as Pecknold’s 300th of his career. His next win came in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against Union in Schenectady, N.Y., in the longest game in the history of college ice hockey. Pecknold is one of four coaches in Quinnipiac history reach the 300-win mark, joining former athletic director and men’s basketball head coach Burt Kahn, and current head coaches, Mike Quitko of men’s and women’s tennis and baseball’s Dan Gooley.

In 16 seasons as head coach at Quinnipiac, Pecknold has accumulated the most wins of any coach in program history and is a two-time finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the top Division I college hockey coach. Pecknold guided Quinnipiac to two MAAC regular-season titles, one Atlantic Hockey regular-season title, one MAAC tournament title and the first-ever NCAA berth in program history in 2002.

Pecknold is currently 252-159-39 (.611) at the Division I level with a combined 301-201-47 (.591) mark at both the Division I and Division II levels. His win total (301) and winning percentage (.591) over the past 16 years rank first all-time at Quinnipiac. Included in that overall mark is an astounding ledger of 170-88-33 in conference play at the Division I level.

The Bobcats are coming off their 14th consecutive non-losing season which includes ten 20-win marks in the past 12 seasons, including five of their last six  - all at the Division I level. In addition, Quinnipiac ranks in the top 15 of all NCAA Division I men's ice hockey programs in wins (227) over their first 12 years (1998-2010) at the Division I level. In that span, Quinnipiac also has the third best power-play percentage (20.6%) of any Division I men's ice hockey program.