Quinnipiac women’s coach Michael Barrett has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2007-2008 season. Earlier this week, men’s coach Rand Pecknold received a similar deal.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
In his first two years as head coach, Barrett has increased the win totals in each season, including a program-high 11 wins last year.
Barrett will now have the task of leading the Bobcats into the competitive College Hockey America for the 2004-2005 season.
“Mike Barrett and his staff have done an excellent job elevating our very young women’s ice hockey program to new levels,” said athletic director Jack McDonald said. “The program recorded their most Division I wins this past season and I am very pleased that Mike will continue leading his team to new even more success on and off the ice.”
Said Barrett: “I am very pleased with the progress that we have made building the foundation of this program. I’m excited and appreciative of the opportunity to continue the growth of bringing us to the next level over the next four years.”
Barrett was recently named Vice President of the American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association at the ACHA convention in Naples, Fla. He was appointed to a two-year term and will succeed as President following the stint as Vice President.
Prior to Quinnipiac, Barrett spent two years as head women’s ice hockey coach at Sacred Heart. During the 2001-02 campaign, he guided the Pioneers to a 17-9 record and fourth place in the ECAC Division III East. His record at Sacred Heart from 2000-02 was 29-19-2. While at Sacred Heart, Barrett also served as head women’s golf coach for two seasons.
The appointment was a homecoming of sorts for Barrett, who played hockey for four seasons at Quinnipiac (1981-85). He finished his career with 126 points (62 goals, 64 assists). Those figures currently place him sixth in goals, tied for ninth in points and tied for 16th in assists.
As a result, he was inducted into the Quinnipiac Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. At the time, he ranked third all-time at the school in points and goals.