August 15, 2011

Quinnipiac signs Rand Pecknold to extension

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac announced Monday that men's hockey coach Rand Pecknold (Bedford, N.H.) has signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 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."

Earlier this year, Pecknold was selected as ECAC Hockey's representative on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey committee. Pecknold will serve on the committee for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

This past season, his 17th at Quinnipiac, Pecknold led the Bobcats to its 15th straight winning season at 16-15-8 while also leading Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Since joining ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats have hosted an ECAC Hockey first-round series in each of the last five years and are the only team in the 12-team league to win a postseason series in each season.

"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."

For his career, Pecknold boasts a career record of 317-216-56, making him just the fifth coach in Quinnipiac athletics history to reach the 300-win mark. Since joining the Division 1 ranks for the 1998-99 season, Quinnipiac ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division 1 men's ice hockey in wins and winning percentage.

Among his honors, Pecknold is a two-time Spencer Penrose Coach of the Year finalist, the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year and the 2006 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year.