Leaman inks contract extension at Providence

On the night Providence celebrated the reopening of Schneider Arena, the Friars announced that head coach Nate Leaman has signed a contract extension.

While not officially confirmed by the school, the Providence Journal reported the extension is through the 2020-21 season as Leaman had four years remaining on the original six-year deal he signed when he came to Providence from Union in 2011.

“I am extremely thankful to [Providence president] Father [Brian] Shanley and {athletic director] Bob Driscoll for the opportunity to continue coaching at this great institution,” Leaman said in a news release. “Providence College is a special place and I am looking forward to working hard and building a championship program here.”

“This extension for Coach Leaman is well deserved,” Fr. Shanley added. “In a short period of time, Nate has confirmed all of the reasons why we hired him to be our men’s hockey coach. He has built a strong staff and together, they have the respect and admiration of our student-athletes. He has been highly successful in recruiting talented student-athletes to join our program and our success on the ice has been self-evident to anyone who follows collegiate hockey. We are convinced that Nate is the right individual to lead our men’s hockey program and this extension demonstrates our continued commitment to him.”

In his first two seasons behind the PC bench, Leaman led the Friars to back-to-back Hockey East semifinal appearances for the first time in 17 seasons.