Colorado College head coach Scott Owens, who sports one of college hockey’s best records in his tenure as the Tigers’ bench boss, isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Owens, whose .652 winning percentage is third nationally among active Division I men’s coaches, signed a seven-year contract renewal which carries him through the 2012-13 campaign, CC director of athletics Julie Soriero announced Monday.
No further details of the contract were disclosed.
In his previous six years behind the CC bench, Owens guided the Tigers to two WCHA regular-season championships and four NCAA playoff bids, including a Frozen Four appearance last season.
His career record heading into CC’s series at St. Cloud State stands at 171-87-19. The 171 victories are the most of any coach in Tigers’ history.
“Scott’s record speaks for itself,” said Soriero, “but beyond that he is a terrific asset to our institution as well as the community. As an alum of Colorado College he understands the unique challenges of being a student-athlete under the Block Plan. The players and staff respect him not only as a knowledgeable coach — but also for the person he is, what he expects, his integrity and how he conducts himself. I am pleased to know that Scott is committed to leading our program for the next seven years.”
“I appreciate the hard work and effort that Julie and Colorado College put into making this contract renewal happen,” said Owens, who graduated from CC in 1979. “I’m obviously very pleased to know that I’ll be able to continue to work at such a great institution and lead this program for years to come.”
CC, which split with North Dakota last weekend, owns an 18-11-1 overall record and is sixth in the WCHA standings with a 10-9-1 mark.
“We’ve accomplished a lot and have had many great players come through CC during the last seven years,” said Owens, whose players have won two Hobey Baker Memorial Awards and 10 All-America honors since 2000-01. “I’m looking forward to the remainder of this season and the challenges we face, as well as to the future of our program.”