July 2, 2012

Pecknold turns down UMass, will stay at Quinnipiac

By Jesse Connolly

After initial reports indicated that Rand Pecknold would be replacing Don "Toot" Cahoon (Lynn, Mass.) at UMass, it appears as though the Quinnipiac coach has had a change of heart.

Rand Pecknold has reportedly elected to stay at Quinnipiac. (Getty Images)

The Connecticut College graduate was set to be hired as the head coach at UMass, taking over for Don “Toot” Cahoon (Lynn, Mass.), who stepped down after a dozen seasons behind the bench in Amherst. But after receiving a counter-offer from Quinnipiac, he has decided to turn down the chance to coach the Minutemen.

Pecknold has a career record of 337-230-62 in 18 seasons at Quinnipiac, which joined ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season. In 2011-12, the Bobcats went 20-14-6. It was their 16th consecutive winning season.

A native of Bedford, N.H., Pecknold led Quinnipiac to the NCAA tournament in 2002 after winning the MAAC’s postseason tournament.

Pecknold currently ranks ninth among all active Division I coaches in career victories.

Merrimack’s Mark Dennehy (previously an assistant under Cahoon at UMass), BC associate head coach Mike Cavanaugh and Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl were reportedly also on UMass’ radar in their search to fill the position. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.