College Hockey:
Mallen Receives Contract Extension

— Joe Mallen, head coach at the UMass-Amherst, has reached agreement on a three-year contract extension with the school. The new deal keeps Mallen under contract through the 1999-2000 season.

A former Boston College assistant, Mallen, 40, has been coaching the team since the program was restarted in 1993-94. One year later, the Minutemen entered Hockey East, going 6-28-2. Last season, the Minutemen showed improvement, going 10-19-6.

Currently, UMass-Amherst is 7-7-0 (as of Dec. 8).

Mallen was a goalie at Michigan State, graduating in 1977. He was head coach at UMass-Boston from 1979-1985.

Including his years at UMass-Boston and the year as a Division I independent at Amherst, Mallen’s career record stands at 122-109-10.

The deal gives Mallen a base salary of $87,500 with incentives. Incentives included in the contract are a bonus equal to one month’s salary for reaching the NCAA Tournament, and $10 per season ticket purchased, up to a maximum of $30,000.

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