College Hockey:
Source: Pecknold turns down Massachusetts’ offer, will stay at Quinnipiac

Despite reports that he was leaving to take the head coach position at Massachusetts, Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold is staying put, a source close to the situation said Monday.

Pecknold was offered a lengthy contract with good financial incentives by Massachusetts, according to the source. But Pecknold turned that down as of Monday, the source said.

Quinnipiac made a counteroffer, the source said, and it now appears Pecknold is staying at the only school at which he’s ever been a head coach.

Pecknold has a 337-230-62 record in 18 seasons at Quinnipiac. His 337 wins place him ninth among active head coaches entering the 2012-13 season.

Pecknold could not be reached for comment. A UMass athletic department spokesperson said the school does not discuss coaching searches while they are in progress.

UMass is seeking a coach to replace Don “Toot” Cahoon, who stepped down last month.

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  • Dave

    Excellent picture.

  • SurreyEaglesFan

    I knew it was only a matter of time before teams would come calling for Rand. Quinnipiac made the right move!

  • SurreyEaglesFan

    hahahaha, Dave, I was at that game the refs had blinders on after the Bobcats beat St. Cloud the night before.

  • PaulLikesNCHC

    The NCHC might be calling Mr Peckhold they tons of money to offer they just signed a big deal tv deal with CBS and fans I’m the greater North Dakota area can’t even watch them play. Sad

    He might want to sign with Western Michigan when Andy Murrry bolts for Swizarland to coach his sons.

    Or he can sign up for St Cloud when Bob Motzko bolts for WMU which already pursued.

    Also, UNO Mavericks might have Dean Blais bolt soon

    Or Scott Owens might want to retire. Colorado Springs has mountains.

    The other three teams are fine with their head coaches.

    Start filling out your application for these big time jobs it beats the AHA with only 12 scholarships.

    • B.D.

      Homeboy, at least you admit it now….
      What does this have to do with Quinnipiac?

    • BulldogFan

      This story has nothing to do with AHA, the WCHA or the NCHC and yet you still post. Bitter much! Do you just sit around waiting for a new article to appear so you post about your bitterness. Thanks for pointing out Colorado Springs has mountains. Not sure what that has to do with anything? I throw this out there for you Minnesota has lakes.

      • B.D.

        Naw, its just Homeboy, and we from North Dakota apologize for him. He is a kid from GF that is so envious of the UND hockey program that he goes out of his way to post negative comments about the Sioux, the NCHC, and other facets of the programs in order to puff up his under inflated ego.
        I can just imagine him sitting in his cubicle at the Womyns Studies program in the basement of Merrifield Hall logging in with yet another sock puppet email address and screen name with the usual diatribe about how the NCHC is ruining College hockey (But somehow the same day departure of Wisconsin and Minnesota is blameless).
        He constantly sheds names and acquires new ones in the mistaken belief that his postings will have additioanl gravitas if he can make them look like others share his malformed screed.
        I must say it is an improvement from his earlier days of just race baiting, attacking the fact that some UND players are canadians, and attacking UND’s patron Ralph Englestad.
        What a sad existance homeboy leads….

  • hiccup

    I’m a seller of Pecknold. Umass can do better. He’s frankly a good match for Q and should focus on proving himself there before stepping out. As ecac fan, was hoping he and qpac would head for the hills.

    • Northhockeyfan

      So you can win 337 games over 18 years and still have to “prove yourself there”?

      • B.D.

        Don’t know the answer, whats his percentage?

  • BulldogFan

    That looks like a snowmobile jacket that guy is wearing behind the coach. No way that’s Omaha its got to be Mankato. Those fans look really excited that one guys looks like he is thinking “What the hell am I doing here.” Maybe Tech but pretty sure Mankato.

  • AnzaloneFanClub

    Frank Anzalone is a no brainer.

    He is a winner with Lake State.

    I bet he is interviewing tomorrow.

    Good luck Frank the truth is out there.

  • ECACHockey

    Would love to know the details of both offers and incentives. Pecknold played his cards right – pit one school against the other and take the better offer. I hear the newer facility at Q is great.

  • PaulLikesWCHA

    Maybe Paul could approach the WCHA as they may need many new coaches and Commish.

    First Bruce McLeod needs to find a replacement soon as he could lead the WCHA in a downward spin as the Alaska Plan and letting six teams defect to the Nobody Cares Hockey Conference. I know Paul would not be a good replacement but maybe Fred Platesch and maybe a new home pretty soon would be nice since Denver isn’t great for the nWCHA.

    Paul might be up for some positions in the WCHA.

    UAA needs help bad as Mr Shyiak might want to look for a new job as all the players like to leave the program and wins are a afterthought.

    Bemdji might need a change but who knows.

    NMU might need a change since they have lost to Bowling Green at home in playoffs two straight years.

    LSSU change could happen as they have struggled.

    Ferris Might need a change as they have had a coach for twenty years.

    MTU, Alaska, Mankato, and Bowlimg Green are safe.

  • ToughTimeToPlayHockeyNCHC

    I would like the NCHC to take the Bruce Mcleod trophy from College Hockey. America.

    When the NCHC going to show their new logo.

    Tougher Hockey NCHC

    What a joke. Why not say Tough Time to Play Hockey NCHC

    It even gets tougher to play when they play in a tournment In a basketball venue. Talk about a tough time to play hockey.

    Then you have hockey writer who says the league doesn’t have any name recognition.

    Yes it is tougher hockey when nobody knows your name and leader who never played hockey.

    Say it with me. Nnnnn. Ccccc Hhhhhh. Ccccc

    Man that was hard to say and that was tough all right.

    • B.D.

      Please remain topical.
      The story regarding the Quinnipiac coach has nothing to do with the NCHC.

  • TootForSioux

    UMass should hire Cary Eades.

    He would fit in Hockey East fine. The farther he gets away from the Dakotas the safer the spouses will be.

    If Cary Eades doesn’t take the job. Tony Hrykas just left his job in Milwaukee Division three college.

    Also, Brad Berry is thinking about leaving the Columbus Bluejackets.

    Steve Johnson wants to be a head coach in college.

    I would also interview Jason Herter assistant coach for UmD.

    The Fighting Sioux alum would love to put a winning tradition for UMass.

    The Fighting Sioux do give a Toot.

    • B.D.

      Please stay topical.
      The story regardingPecknold has nothing to do with North Dakota.
      If you want to post endless diatribes against UND, please request an Open Page from the USCHO editors for this purpose. Then stay on it.

  • DennisP


    Nice list of canaidates for UMAss from ND.

    I hope UMAss can reach out for some of those players on your list.

  • FrankAnzaloneFanClub

    Did Frank Anzalone get a job offer yet?

    He would be their in three seconds.

    Hire Frank he won’t say no.

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