Madigan agrees to contract extension at Northeastern through 2020-21 season

Jim Madigan (Northeastern - Head Coach) - The Boston College Eagles defeated the Northeastern University Huskies 7-1 in the opening round of the 2012 Beanpot on Monday, February 6, 2012, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Jim Madigan will start his seventh season at Northeastern with the 2017-18 campaign (photo: Melissa Wade).

Northeastern announced Monday that Jim Madigan has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as the Huskies’ head coach through the 2020-21 season.

Madigan was named Northeastern 10th head coach ion July 26, 2011, and enters his seventh season as leader of the Huskies in 2017-18.

During his tenure, Madigan has led Northeastern to its first Hockey East championship since 1988, first NCAA appearance since 2009, seen 11 of his players drafted by NHL teams and had 33 student-athletes named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. He also worked to establish the Fernie Flaman Endowed Men’s Hockey Coach Fund, the first endowed head coaching fund in university history, which was announced on Aug. 30.

“Our men’s hockey program has put itself in a position to succeed both in Hockey East and nationally for the past several years, led by Coach Madigan and his staff,” said Northeastern director of athletes and recreation Peter Roby in a statement. “The student-athletes that the group recruits created in a shift in the culture of our team and reached levels of success not seen in decades. I’m very pleased to have Jim as our Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach for years to come.”

“I believe we have built a program here at Northeastern that is poised to compete for Beanpot, conference and national championships year in and year out,” Madigan added. “And I’m very happy to know that we have the opportunity to continue to make strides towards those lofty goals. I’d like to thank Peter Roby and Philly Mantella for providing our team with resources to succeed, and for having faith in my staff and I to lead our program and represent our institution at the highest levels. I couldn’t be more excited to serve as the Fernie Flaman Men’s Hockey Coach well into the future.”

Madigan played for the Huskies from 1981 to 1985 and was an assistant coach at the university from 1986 to 1993. He served as a professional scout for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1993 to 2011, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.

The Huskies are coming off an 18-15-5 season in 2016-17, marking the first time since 1943 that Northeastern has had four straight seasons with a record of .500 or above.

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