College Hockey:
Rensselaer Inks Fridgen To Extension

— Rensselaer head coach Dan Fridgen has signed a three-year contract extension which will keep him at his current post through the 2002-03 season, athletic director Bob Ducatte announced Tuesday.

“Dan has done an outstanding job during his five years as our head coach,” Ducatte said. “His coaching style, personality and recruiting experience fits in well with our overall goals and objectives. I believe he will get us to the top level in the very near future.”

Last season, Fridgen, 40, led the Engineers to a 23-12-2 record, their most victories since the 1985 national championship team went 35-2-1. In his five years, Fridgen has compiled a 90-73-17 overall record. His teams have won one ECAC tournament (1995) and appeared in the NCAA tournament once (1995). He led the Engineers to 20-win seasons two of the past three years.

A 1982 alumnus of Colgate University and a three-year captain as a left wing for the Red Raiders, Fridgen played briefly with the NHL’s Hartford Whalers before beginning his coaching career at Union as an assistant. Fridgen next spent five years as an assistant to Buddy Powers before being named RPI’s head coach in July 1994.

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