Men's Ice Hockey
Rand Pecknold

Rand Pecknold

Phone Number: (203) 582-5321
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Previous College: Connecticut College '90/'93
Position: Head Coach

In his 20th season as Quinnipiac head's coach in 2013-14, RandPecknold guided the Bobcats to their second consecutive NCAATournament appearance, and third of his career. Entering his 21stseason behind the Bobcats' bench in 2014-15, Pecknold features acareer record of 391-248-72 and currently ranks sixth among allactive NCAA Division I coaches in career victories. Pecknold iscurrently on pace to become the 33rd head coach in NCAA men's icehockey history to reach 400 career wins.

In 2013-14, Pecknold's Bobcats posted their 13th 20-win season,out of the head coach's 16-year NCAA Division I career, while alsowinning the fourth most game in the programs history as Quinnipiacwent 24-10-6 for the year. The Bobcats winning percentage of .675ranked seventh nationally, while Quinnipiac also finished the yearranked second on the penatly kill (89.8), sixth on the power play(24.3) and 10th in combined special teams (53.0). Additionally,Quinnipiac ranked third in scoring margin (1.50), as its 3.52 goalsper game (fifth highest in program history) ranked fifth among allDivision I programs. The Bobcats 2.02 goals-against average wasranked second overall. The Bobcats posted a 12-4-6 ECAC Hockeyrecord, clinching the third seed in the league championshiptournament and securing a first-round bye for the secondconsecutive season. The Bobcats extended their streak of winning anECAC Hockey postseason series to nine consecutive years - thelongest of any ECAC Hockey school since Quinnipiac joined theleague in 2005-06. 

Individually, the 2013-14 team featured NCAA Division I men'sice hockey's top freshman in Sam Anas, who became the firstQuinnipiac and ECAC Hockey player to win the National Rookie of theYear award. Anas and senior Kellen Jones were also named to theECAC Hockey Second Team. Following the season, Pecknold saw thesecond player in Quinnipiac history play in an National HockeyLeague game in Bryce Van Brabant, who signed with the NHL's CalgaryFlames. Zach Tolkinen also joined the Flames organization, whileConnor and Kellen Jones signed with Edmonton and JordanSamuels-Thomas signed with Buffalo. 

Academically, the Bobcats placed the most student-athletes (26)on the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team out of the 11 league memberinstitutions, while the number also represented the most in programhistory. The team's cumulative 3.47 grade-point average was alsothe highest of Quinnipiac seven men's teams. In his career,Pecknold has recruited 197 All-Academic honorees. 

In 2012-13, Rand Pecknold guided Quinnipiac to arguably its mostsuccessful season in program history. The Bobcats ascended to itsfirst NCAA Frozen Four, and finished as the National Runner-up,after capturing the 2012-13 Cleary Cup for its first ECAC HockeyRegular-Season Championship. The Bobcats finished the season withan overall record of 30-8-5, good for a NCAA-leading .756 winningpercentage, while also leading the country with the most wins (30)and fewest losses (8) in Division I ice hockey. Quinnipiac alsoposted a national-best 21-game unbeaten streak from Nov. 9, 2012through Feb. 9, 2013.  

In 2012-13, Pecknold was also named the ECAC Hockey Tim TaylorCoach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers' AssociationClark Hodder Coach of the Year while also recognized as a finalistfor the prestigious Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Yearaward. Individually, EricHartzell was named a Hobey Baker Award "Hobey Hat Trick"Finalist and was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, theECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year as well as earningAHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Honors as well Player of the Year, while also earning ECAC HockeyFirst Team Honors. ZachDavies was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defensemanand also named to the First Team while JeremyLanglois earned Third Team honors.

Quinnipiac also killed 91.1% (164-180) of the penalties itwas whistled for in 2013-14, good for the national lead. TheBobcats allowed just four goals on the penalty kill in its final 17games, killing 55-of-59 (93.2%) of penalties called against them onits way to the National Championship Game.

In 43 games, Quinnipiac held its opponents to just 72 goals -the fewest goals allowed in NCAA Division I ice hockey - for a 1.67per game average. Quinnipiac gave up three or more goals in eightof its 43 games. Quinnipiac faced five of the top 20 scoring teamsin the country in 2012-13, holding St. Cloud State to one goalin one game; Nebraska-Omaha to five goals in two games; RobertMorris to four goals in two games, including oneshutout; Union to three goals in three games, also includingone shutout; and Colgate to seven goals in threegames. 

Quinnipiac won the first NCAA Tournament game in school historywhen it knocked-off Canisius, 4-3, before topping Union, 5-1, inthe NCAA East Regional Final to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four forthe first time in program history. The Bobcats rolled over St.Cloud State, 4-1, before losing to Yale in the NationalChampionship Game, 4-0. 

Last season, Pecknold also led the Bobcats to their 17thconsecutive non-losing season with a 30-8-5 overall mark, includinga 17-2-3 record in ECAC Hockey, giving Pecknold 20-win seasons in15 out of his 19 years behind the bench for Quinnipiac, as well ashis 12th in 15 years at the Division I level. In addition,Quinnipiac’s 15-4-3 home record tops the previous year's13-4-3 mark for the most wins on its home ice.

For his career, Pecknold is currently 342–216–64(.603) at the Division I level with a combined 391-248-72 (.601)mark at both the Division I and Division II levels. His win total(391) and winning percentage (.601) over the past 20 years rankfirst all-time at Quinnipiac. Included in that overall mark is anastounding ledger of 230–119–57 (.680) in conferenceplay at the Division I level. Pecknold's 391 career wins are sixthwhile his .601 winning percentage ranks 12th among all active NCAADivision I coaches. 

Active NCAA Division I Coaches (Entering 2014-15Season)
RankHeadCoach# ofWins
1Jerry York963
3Don Lucia651
4Dick Umile541
5Rick Gotkin474
7Jeff Jackson
8Mike Shafer364
9Dean Blais353
10Don Vaughan348

Off the ice, the Bobcats ranked among the top half ofQuinnipiac’s Department of Athletics in Positive Play points,which encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac’sstudent-athletes and coaches. Also, Quinnipiac was one of four ECACHockey schools, along with Brown, Yale and Rensselaer, to feature20 or more student-athletes on the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.In all, 21 Quinnipiac skaters posted a 3.0 grade-point average orhigher over the last three semesters. 

For his career, Pecknold boasts a career record of 367-238-65,making him just the fifth coach in Quinnipiac Athletics history toreach the 300-win mark, while ranking among the top 10 in activecoaches in NCAA Division I hockey. Since joining the Division Iranks for the 1998-99 season, Quinnipiac ranks in the top ten inNCAA Division I men's ice hockey in wins and winning percentage. Inaddition to his 2013-14 honors, Pecknold is a three-time SpencerPenrose National Coach of the Year finalist, the 2005 AtlanticHockey Coach of the Year, the 2006 ECACHockey Coach of the Year and was a member of the inaugural class ofthe Elm City Legends in 2008.

Prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, Pecknold was selected asECAC Hockey's representative on the NCAA Division I Men's IceHockey committee. Pecknold served the second year of his two-yearterm in 2012-13 seasons. 

Since taking over as head coach of the Quinnipiac Universitymen’s ice hockey team 19 years ago, Rand Pecknold hasasserted himself as one of the nation’s best. He has seenplenty of changes, but one constant is a proven track record filledwith success and accom­plishment, both on the team andindividual fronts.

In 2009-10, Quinnipiac’s early-season success featured winsagainst nationally-ranked Ohio State on the Buckeyes home-ice toopen the season before ultimately winning 12 of their first 13games. Included in the run, that culminated with the No. 4 ranking,were wins against nationally-ranked UMass and Cornell, includingQuinnipiac second win in their last three regular-season games atLynah Rink. Pecknold’s line-up featured a pair ofearly-season nationally-ranked scoring leaders in Brandon Wong andEric Lampe, as well as the AHCA National Player of the Month ingoalie Dan Clarke. Quinnipiac hit a lull over the middle part ofthe season, before clinching home-ice advantage for the ECAC HockeyFirst Round for the fifth consecutive year, while also extendingtheir streak of Quarterfinal appearances to five. When thedust settled, Wong was signed by the Grand Rapids Griffens of theAmerican Hockey League, while Lampe and Jean-Marc Beaudoin landedin the East Coast Hockey League, with Lampe lacing them up for theFlorida Everglades while Beaudoin helped the Bakersfield Condors totheir league championship for the first time in program history. Inaddi­tion to his team’s success, Pecknold won his 300thcareer game as the Bobcats clinched their ECAC Hockey First Roundseries.

In 2008–09, the Bobcats line-up included the nation’sleading scorer in Bryan Leitch, who also led the nation in assists.It was a first for the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey program atthe Division I level and was also the first time since All-AmericanReid Cashman word the Bobcats’ sweater that Pecknold coacheda player that landed among the nation’s leaders. In additionto Leitch, linemate David Marshall also ranked in the top ten inpoints scored as well as goals scored as the duo sat in the top twospots on the ECAC Hockey scoring list. Leitch was named to the ECACHockey Second Team, become Quinnipiac’s first all-leagueplayer since 2006–07.

Prior to the Bobcats joining ECAC Hockey, Pecknold guidedQuinnipiac to two MAAC regular-season titles, one Atlantic Hockeyregular-season title, one MAAC tourna­ment title and thefirst-ever NCAA berth in program history in 2002.In addition toindividual success, the Bobcats won their second con­secutivein-season tournament when they knocked off Merrimack andnationally-ranked Air Force to win the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic.The Bobcats went on to defeat Harvard and Dartmouth, alsonationally ranked at the time, for an impressive four wins in sixdays. The feat pushed Quinnipiac into the national polls for thefirst time that year while they were also named the College HockeyNews National Team of the Week.

The Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey 2007–08 seasonstarted off on a high note when the team was ranked in the top 15by both the CSTV Division I and USA Today/USA HockeyMagazine College Hockey Preseason Polls. The Bobcats becamemainstays in the national rankings for most of the season, risingto 10th in both polls while also being fea­tured in CollegeHockey News’ first NCAA Tournament prediction of theseason.January 21, 2008 marked the date for Quinnipiac’shighest ranking all-time in a national poll. The Bobcats lockeddown the 10th slot in the poll while alsobeing ranked in the top 15 in the RPI and PairWise Standings.

In addition to their accomplishments in the Blue and Gold, 14play­ers were ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections, for thesecond straight season. Captain Jamie Bates was also signed by theNorfolk (Va.) Admirals, the top AHL affiliate of the Tampa BayLightning, before then signing with the Springfield (Mass.)Falcons, the top AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Bobcats took a strong step forward on the national stage in2006–07. Quinnipiac was ranked in the top 20 for 18 weeks andreached the finals of the ECAC Hockey Tournament in just its secondyear in the league. During the league playoffs, the Bobcatsrecorded three victories against nationally ranked teams-includinga two-game series sweep at Cornell’s hostile Lynah Rink.Ultimately, Quinnipiac fell one game shy of reaching the NCAATournament, as it was defeated by No. 5 nationally ranked Clarksonin the tournament final.

On the individual front, 14 players earned All-Academic honorsfrom ECAC Hockey. In addition, senior defenseman Reid Cashman wasselected as a First-Team All-American by the American HockeyCoaches Association and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafsfollowing the sea­son. Brandon Wong was tabbed as a FreshmanAll-American after earning league Co-Rookie of the Year honors.

Faced with one of the biggest challenges since taking over ashead coach of the program, Pecknold made sure that thingsdidn’t skip a beat while joining ECAC Hockey in 2005-06. TheBobcats reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in eightseasons, finishing at 20–18–1. For his efforts,Pecknold was named ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year

Despite winning 15 of its final 18 games in 2004-05 to finishwith a 21–13–1 mark and the Atlantic Hockeyregular-season title, Quinnipiac finished one victory shy ofearning an NCAA Tournament berth, falling in the conferencetournament final.

Pecknold was selected as the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Coach of theYear and was tabbed as a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award.Cashman was voted a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, givenannually to the top player in college hockey, and earnedAll-America accolades from two national media outlets. Off the ice,senior goaltender Jamie Holden was named a CoSIDA First-TeamDistrict I Academic All-America selection for his performance inthe classroom.

In 2003–04, Pecknold coached a unit that was decimated byinjuries but still managed to achieve a winning record for theeighth straight year at 15–14–6.

During the 2002–03 campaign, Quinnipiac reached the MAACtourna­ment final for the third consecutive season, but fellone goal short of its second straight NCAA Tournament berth.Nevertheless, the Bobcats did reach the 20-win plateau for thefifth straight year, closing with a 22–13–1 mark.

The 2001–02 campaign was arguably the most successful ofPecknold’s tenure in Hamden. Despite being picked to finishfifth in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Bobcats closed outthe regular season with a second-place effort. Then, in the MAACTournament, Quinnipiac registered one-goal wins over Iona andSacred Heart before taking a 6–4 win over Mercyhurst in thetitle game. As a result, Quinnipiac earned its first-ever trip tothe NCAA Division I Tournament.

Pecknold became the winningest coach in program history with his141st win on March 1, 2002, a 6–2 win over UConn.

In 2000–01, Quinnipiac registered a final mark of22–11–4. After finish­ing with a 17–7–2mark in the regular season, the Bobcats finished one game shy oftheir first ever NCAA berth, falling to Mercyhurst, 6–5, inthe MAAC Hockey League championship game.

Quinnipiac finished the 1999–2000 season with a27–6–3 final record. The 27 wins broke the schoolrecord of 26, which was set in 1998–99.

In its first season in Division I in 1998–99, Quinnipiacset a school record with 26 victories on its way to the inauguralMAAC Hockey League regular-season title.

In 1997–1998, its final Division II campaign, Pecknoldguided the Bobcats to a 19–3–1 record. Quinnipiac alsoset a school record for win­ning percentage (.848).

Hired at Quinnipiac on May 5, 1994, Pecknold previously served asan assistant coach at his alma mater, Connecticut College, forthree seasons under head coach and former NHL player Doug Roberts.A standout for the Camels, Pecknold led Connecticut College to the1990 ECAC South Championship. As a senior, Pecknold set schoolseason records for goals (17) and points (47) by a defenseman. Heearned First-Team All-ECAC South honors and a spot on the DivisionIII All-England Team. Playing as a forward in his first threecollegiate seasons, he led the Camels in goals as a sophomore (19)and junior (23).

An economics major, Pecknold earned his bachelor’s degree in1990 and added a master’s degree in education in 1993. Anative of Bedford, N.H., Pecknold played scholastically at LawrenceAcademy in Groton, Mass. Pecknold, his wife, Nikki, sons Tate andRex, and daughters, Cecelia and Georgia currently live inSouthport, Conn.


School Year Overall Home Away Neutral Conf. Home Away
Quinnipiac 1994–95 6–15–1 4–3–0 2–12–1 0–0–0 5–8–1# 4–3–1 1–5–0
Quinnipiac 1995–96 11–12–4 8–3–2 3–9–2 0–0–0 6–3–3# 4–0–2 2–3–1
Quinnipiac 1996–97 13–12–2 6–6–1 7–6–1 0–0–0 8–6–0# 4–3–0 4–3–0
Quinnipiac 1997–98 19–3–1 10–0–0 7–2–1 2–1–0 –– –– ––
Quinnipiac 1998–99 26–6–2 15–1–0 11–4–2 0–1–0 22–4–2* 13–1–0 9–3–2
Quinnipiac 1999–2000 27–6–3 14–1–2 13–2–1 0–3–0 23–1–3* 11–0–2 12–1–1
Quinnipiac 2000–01 22–11–4 12–3–0 8–7–4 2–1–0 17–7–2* 10–3–0 7–4–3
Quinnipiac 2001–02 20–13–5 12–1–3 6–10–2 2–2–0 15–6–5* 10–1–3 5–5–2
Quinnipiac 2002–03 22–13–1 14–2–0 7–9–1 1–2–0 18–7–1* 11–2–0 7–5–1
Quinnipiac 2003–04 15–14–6 10–1–3 5–12–3 0–1–0 12–6–6^ 8–1–3 4–5–3
Quinnipiac 2004–05 21–13–3 14–4–1 7–9–2 0–0–0 16–6–2^ 10–2–0 6–4–2
Quinnipiac 2005–0620–18–1 10–5–1 10–13–0 0–0–0 8–13–1$ 6–4–1 2–9–0
Quinnipiac 2006–07 21–14–5 12–5–2 7=–8–2 2–1–1 10–8–4$ 5–4–2 5–4–2
Quinnipiac 2007–08 20–15–4 10–6–2 9–9–2 1–0–0 9–9–4$ 5–4–2 4–5–2
Quinnipiac 2008–09 18-18-38-7-37-10-03-1-09-10-3$3-5-26-5-0
Totals 20 Seasons391-248-71
224–74–31 148–156–40 19–18–1 229–120–56 131–46–31 99–72–26