Blais, Alberts Get Contract Extensions at Nebraska-Omaha

Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dean Blais have agreed to a two-year contract extension that takes his contract through to 2014-15 season.

Mavericks athletic director Trev Alberts had his contract extended to the same span.

“We are thrilled by the progress the team made under Dean’s leadership in his first season as head coach,” Alberts said in a news release. “By extending his contract, we hope to bring further stability to the position and give Dean and his staff a better opportunity to put their mark on the program through recruiting and player development.”

Blais led the Mavericks to a 20-16-6 record this season and a sixth-place finish in the CCHA.

“The university is clearly committed to the success of the hockey program, and I am committed to the job we began here last season,” Blais said. “My wife and I have come to enjoy Omaha and with this extension, I anticipate being able to finish my head coaching career here at UNO.”

Blais’ name frequently comes up in connection with many high-profile coaching destinations, including his alma mater, Minnesota.

The Mavericks are moving from the CCHA to the WCHA next season.