Quinnipiac gives Pecknold extension through 2017-18 season

Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

Pecknold is currently in his 20th year as the Bobcats’ head coach and his 368 career wins rank seventh among active head coaches.

“I’m extremely thankful to Quinnipiac University president John Lahey, executive vice president Mark Thompson and director of athletics Jack McDonald for their continued support and faith in my leadership ability,” Pecknold said in a statement. “Nikki and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Quinnipiac family and to continue to have the opportunity to raise our four children in such a wonderful community. We are truly grateful. I would also like to thank my assistant coaches and staff who have contributed so much to the success of our program.”

Last season, Pecknold was honored as the ECAC coach of the year, the New England Hockey Writers Association Clark Hodder coach of the year and a Spencer Penrose national coach of the year finalist after guiding Quinnipiac to the ECAC regular-season championship, the NCAA tournament Northeast Regional championship and a berth in the national title game against Yale.

In 2012-13, the Bobcats finished the season 30-8-5, good for a NCAA-leading .756 winning percentage, while also leading the country with the most wins and fewest losses in all of Division I.