May 27, 2011

Quinnipiac Head Coach Rand Pecknold Named To NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Committee

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold has been selected as ECAC Hockey's representative on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey committee. Pecknold will serve on the committee for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. The committee, which has the primary responsibilities of selecting the teams, sites and seeding of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, is comprised of five individuals, with ECAC Hockey, Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Hockey East, Atlantic Hockey and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association represented.

"I am honored to represent ECAC Hockey on the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Selection Committee," Pecknold said. "With only five committee members it is a huge responsibility and I am excited to serve the sport that has given me so much."

Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald previously served as chair of the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee, while on the NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet from 1998 to 2002, where he championed bracket expansion from 12 to 16 teams.

"Rand's appointment to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship Committee is another benchmark in his outstanding career as a Division I coach," McDonald said. "His 17 years of experience will be welcomed by the NCAA Committee. I am sure that he will represent Quinnipiac, ECAC Hockey and all of men's ice hockey very, very well."

This past season, his 17th at Quinnipiac, Pecknold led the Bobcats to its 15th straight winning season at 16-15-8 while also leading Quinnipiac to the ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals. Since joining ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats have hosted an ECAC Hockey Championship First Round series in each of the last five years and are the only team in the 12-team league to win a postseason series in each season.

For his career, Pecknold boasts a career record of 317-216-56, making him just the fifth coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history to reach the 300-win mark. Since joining the Division I ranks for the 1998-99 season, Quinnipiac ranks in the top ten in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey in wins and winning percentage. Among his many honors, Pecknold is a two-time Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year finalist, the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year, the 2006 InsideCollegeHockey.com ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year and was a member of the inaugural class of the Elm City Legends in 2008.

 In 2009-10, Quinnipiac reached new heights as the Bobcats were  ranked 4th nationally in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA  Hockey Magazine Division I polls after winning 12 of their first  13 games. In 2010-11, Quinnipiac hosted elite national programs  in Ohio State and nationally-ranked No. 8 Nebraska-Omaha,  whom the Bobcats swept in a two-game series, at the TD Bank  Sports Center.

 Off the ice, Pecknold has pushed the Bobcats to improve  academically while also facilitating the program's community  involvement. This past year, the men's ice hockey program  featured 23 players with grade-point averages over 3.00 for a  team-wide 3.245 GPA. In the community, Pecknold has  spearheaded several fundraising activities on behalf of  Quinnipiac, including the "Blades & Skates" event in 2008 to  benefit St. Baldrick's children's cancer research. The event,  through efforts by Pecknold and Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's  student-athletes, helped to raise over $30,000 for children's  cancer research. In recent years, the Bobcats have also donated  funds to benefit Autism Speaks and have volunteered with several  local youth organizations in Connecticut.