Quinnipiac locks up Pecknold with contract extension through 2020-21 campaign

Rand Pecknold has led Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship game in both 2013 and 2016 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Quinnipiac has announced that head coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

Pecknold was recently named the Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year as well as the Tim Taylor ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year.

“My wife, Nikki, and I would like to thank John Lahey, Mark Thompson and Greg Amodio for their continued support of the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey program,” Pecknold said in a news release. “We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Quinnipiac family. We will continue to push our commitment to excellence. We also want to thank the staff and players for all their hard work and contributions to our team’s success both on-and-off the ice.”

Pecknold, who will enter his 23rd season at Quinnipiac for the 2016-17 season, has guided Quinnipiac to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, highlighted by trips to the Frozen Four and national championship game in 2013 and 2016. This past season, Pecknold led the Bobcats to their first Whitelaw Cup as ECAC Hockey tournament champions while also winning the Cleary Cup for the ECAC Hockey regular-season championship for the third time in four seasons.

The Bobcats’ 32-4-7 record in 2015-16 gave Quinnipiac a program record in wins as they were the first team since Michigan in 1997 to finish the season with only four losses.

Overall, Pecknold holds a career record of 446-264-83, with his win total ranking sixth among active head coaches.