Air Force head coach Frank Serratore has signed a new five-year contract which will extend him through the 2009-2010 season, according to senior associate athletic director Michael Saks.
Serratore came to Air Force from the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League in 1997. He is currently in his ninth season with the Falcons. He has a 120-154-18 record at Air Force and an overall record of 169-246-27 in 13 seasons as a college head coach.
He was head coach at Denver from 1990-94, posting a 49-91-9 record.
Serratore holds the school record for Division I wins. Prior to Serratore coming to the Academy in 1997, the Falcons had won a total of 86 Division I games in 29 seasons. Serratore currently has 88 Division I wins in eight seasons.
Among previous AFA head coaches, Chuck Delich won 49 Division I games in 11 years, John Matchefts won 17 in 11 years and Vic Heyliger won 20 in six years.
In competition against other U.S. military service academies, Serratore is 13-4-1 vs. Army overall and 12-4-1 versus the Black Knights while at Air Force. Navy does not have a varsity team.
Serratore has also been a master at getting his teams prepared on the road. Air Force’s nine road/neutral wins last season broke the school record for Division I road wins.
Prior to Serratore taking over the Falcons in 1997-98, AFA won just eight road games in six years. Under the eighth-year coach, the Falcons have won 44 road games and have won 36 percent of his games on the road (44-81-10).