Mercyhurst College has announced contract extensions for men’s hockey coach Rick Gotkin and women’s hockey coach Mike Sisti. Both coaches’ contracts will extend through the 2008-09 season.
Gotkin led the Lakers to their third conference championship this past season and first since the formation of Atlantic Hockey. The championship earned the Lakers their third berth in the NCAA tournament. Mercyhurst fell, 5-4, to the tournament’s number one seed, Boston College, in the East Regional semifinal.
Sisti also led the women’s team to the national tournament, capping off an undefeated season in CHA league play and earning one of the tournament’s at-large bids. The Lakers fell, 5-4 in triple overtime, to eventual runner-up Harvard, despite a 78-save performance from goaltender Desirae Clarke.
“We are very appreciative of the work that Rick and Mike and their coaching staffs have done,” said athletic director Pete Russo of the coaching tandem. “We want to make certain that both current team members and prospective student athletes know they’re going to be here a long time.”
Gotkin, who just completed his 17th season at the helm for Mercyhurst, is the nation’s only coach to lead a team to the NCAA tournament at the Division I, II and III levels.
Sisti, a former associate head coach under Gotkin, led the women’s team to its first-ever NCAA appearance this past season. He was named this year’s Division I women’s coach of the year.
Mercyhurst was one of only four schools (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Harvard) to have both the men’s and women’s team play in this year’s NCAA tournament.