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In his 20th season as Quinnipiac head's coach in 2013-14, Rand Pecknold guided the Bobcats to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and third of his career. Entering his 21st season behind the Bobcats' bench in 2014-15, Pecknold features a career record of 391-248-72 and currently ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories. Pecknold is currently on pace to become the 33rd head coach in NCAA men's ice hockey 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 also winning the fourth most game in the programs history as Quinnipiac went 24-10-6 for the year. The Bobcats winning percentage of .675 ranked seventh nationally, while Quinnipiac also finished the year ranked 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 goals per game (fifth highest in program history) ranked fifth among all Division I programs. The Bobcats 2.02 goals-against average was ranked second overall. The Bobcats posted a 12-4-6 ECAC Hockey record, clinching the third seed in the league championship tournament and securing a first-round bye for the second consecutive season. The Bobcats extended their streak of winning an ECAC Hockey postseason series to nine consecutive years - the longest of any ECAC Hockey school since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06.
Individually, the 2013-14 team featured NCAA Division I men's ice hockey's top freshman in Sam Anas, who became the first Quinnipiac and ECAC Hockey player to win the National Rookie of the Year award. Anas and senior Kellen Jones were also named to the ECAC Hockey Second Team. Following the season, Pecknold saw the second player in Quinnipiac history play in an National Hockey League game in Bryce Van Brabant, who signed with the NHL's Calgary Flames. Zach Tolkinen also joined the Flames organization, while Connor and Kellen Jones signed with Edmonton and Jordan Samuels-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 member institutions, while the number also represented the most in program history. The team's cumulative 3.47 grade-point average was also the 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 most successful season in program history. The Bobcats ascended to its first NCAA Frozen Four, and finished as the National Runner-up, after capturing the 2012-13 Cleary Cup for its first ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship. The Bobcats finished the season with an overall record of 30-8-5, good for a NCAA-leading .756 winning percentage, while also leading the country with the most wins (30) and fewest losses (8) in Division I ice hockey. Quinnipiac also posted a national-best 21-game unbeaten streak from Nov. 9, 2012 through Feb. 9, 2013.
In 2012-13, Pecknold was also named the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers' Association Clark Hodder Coach of the Year while also recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year award. Individually, Eric Hartzell was named a Hobey Baker Award "Hobey Hat Trick" Finalist and was honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year as well as earning AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Honors as well as USCHO.com Player of the Year, while also earning ECAC Hockey First Team Honors. Zach Davies was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman and also named to the First Team while Jeremy Langlois earned Third Team honors.
Quinnipiac also killed 91.1% (164-180) of the penalties it was whistled for in 2013-14, good for the national lead. The Bobcats allowed just four goals on the penalty kill in its final 17 games, killing 55-of-59 (93.2%) of penalties called against them on its 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 1.67 per game average. Quinnipiac gave up three or more goals in eight of its 43 games. Quinnipiac faced five of the top 20 scoring teams in the country in 2012-13, holding St. Cloud State to one goal in one game; Nebraska-Omaha to five goals in two games; Robert Morris to four goals in two games, including one shutout; Union to three goals in three games, also including one shutout; and Colgate to seven goals in three games.
Quinnipiac won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history when it knocked-off Canisius, 4-3, before topping Union, 5-1, in the NCAA East Regional Final to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in program history. The Bobcats rolled over St. Cloud State, 4-1, before losing to Yale in the National Championship Game, 4-0.
Last season, Pecknold also led the Bobcats to their 17th consecutive non-losing season with a 30-8-5 overall mark, including a 17-2-3 record in ECAC Hockey, giving Pecknold 20-win seasons in 15 out of his 19 years behind the bench for Quinnipiac, as well as his 12th in 15 years at the Division I level. In addition, Quinnipiac’s 15-4-3 home record tops the previous year's 13-4-3 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 rank first all-time at Quinnipiac. Included in that overall mark is an astounding ledger of 230–119–57 (.680) in conference play at the Division I level. Pecknold's 391 career wins are sixth while his .601 winning percentage ranks 12th among all active NCAA Division I coaches.
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Off the ice, the Bobcats ranked among the top half of
Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics in Positive Play points,
which encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac’s
student-athletes and coaches. Also, Quinnipiac was one of four ECAC
Hockey schools, along with Brown, Yale and Rensselaer, to feature
20 or more student-athletes on the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.
In all, 21 Quinnipiac skaters posted a 3.0 grade-point average or
higher 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 to reach the 300-win mark, while ranking among the top 10 in active coaches in NCAA Division I hockey. 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. In addition to his 2013-14 honors, Pecknold is a three-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.
Prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, Pecknold was selected as ECAC Hockey's representative on the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey committee. Pecknold served the second year of his two-year term in 2012-13 seasons.
Since taking over as head coach of the Quinnipiac University men’s ice hockey team 19 years ago, Rand Pecknold has asserted himself as one of the nation’s best. He has seen plenty of changes, but one constant is a proven track record filled with success and accomplishment, both on the team and individual fronts.
In 2009-10, Quinnipiac’s early-season success featured wins against nationally-ranked Ohio State on the Buckeyes home-ice to open the season before ultimately winning 12 of their first 13 games. Included in the run, that culminated with the No. 4 ranking, were wins against nationally-ranked UMass and Cornell, including Quinnipiac second win in their last three regular-season games at Lynah Rink. Pecknold’s line-up featured a pair of early-season nationally-ranked scoring leaders in Brandon Wong and Eric Lampe, as well as the AHCA National Player of the Month in goalie Dan Clarke. Quinnipiac hit a lull over the middle part of the season, before clinching home-ice advantage for the ECAC Hockey First Round for the fifth consecutive year, while also extending their streak of Quarterfinal appearances to five. When the dust settled, Wong was signed by the Grand Rapids Griffens of the American Hockey League, while Lampe and Jean-Marc Beaudoin landed in the East Coast Hockey League, with Lampe lacing them up for the Florida Everglades while Beaudoin helped the Bakersfield Condors to their league championship for the first time in program history. In addition to his team’s success, Pecknold won his 300th career game as the Bobcats clinched their ECAC Hockey First Round series.
In 2008–09, the Bobcats line-up included the nation’s leading scorer in Bryan Leitch, who also led the nation in assists. It was a first for the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey program at the Division I level and was also the first time since All-American Reid Cashman word the Bobcats’ sweater that Pecknold coached a player that landed among the nation’s leaders. In addition to Leitch, linemate David Marshall also ranked in the top ten in points scored as well as goals scored as the duo sat in the top two spots on the ECAC Hockey scoring list. Leitch was named to the ECAC Hockey Second Team, become Quinnipiac’s first all-league player since 2006–07.
Prior to the Bobcats joining ECAC Hockey, Pecknold guided Quinnipiac to two MAAC regular-season titles, one Atlantic Hockey regular-season title, one MAAC tournament title and the first-ever NCAA berth in program history in 2002.In addition to individual success, the Bobcats won their second consecutive in-season tournament when they knocked off Merrimack and nationally-ranked Air Force to win the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic. The Bobcats went on to defeat Harvard and Dartmouth, also nationally ranked at the time, for an impressive four wins in six days. The feat pushed Quinnipiac into the national polls for the first time that year while they were also named the College Hockey News National Team of the Week.
The Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey 2007–08 season started off on a high note when the team was ranked in the top 15 by both the USCHO.com/ CSTV Division I and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Preseason Polls. The Bobcats became mainstays in the national rankings for most of the season, rising to 10th in both polls while also being featured in College Hockey News’ first NCAA Tournament prediction of the season.January 21, 2008 marked the date for Quinnipiac’s highest ranking all-time in a national poll. The Bobcats locked down the 10th slot in the InsideCollegeHockey.com poll while also being ranked in the top 15 in the RPI and PairWise Standings.
In addition to their accomplishments in the Blue and Gold, 14 players were ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections, for the second straight season. Captain Jamie Bates was also signed by the Norfolk (Va.) Admirals, the top AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, 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 in 2006–07. Quinnipiac was ranked in the top 20 for 18 weeks and reached the finals of the ECAC Hockey Tournament in just its second year in the league. During the league playoffs, the Bobcats recorded three victories against nationally ranked teams-including a two-game series sweep at Cornell’s hostile Lynah Rink. Ultimately, Quinnipiac fell one game shy of reaching the NCAA Tournament, as it was defeated by No. 5 nationally ranked Clarkson in the tournament final.
On the individual front, 14 players earned All-Academic honors from ECAC Hockey. In addition, senior defenseman Reid Cashman was selected as a First-Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs following the season. Brandon Wong was tabbed as a Freshman All-American after earning league Co-Rookie of the Year honors.
Faced with one of the biggest challenges since taking over as head coach of the program, Pecknold made sure that things didn’t skip a beat while joining ECAC Hockey in 2005-06. The Bobcats reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in eight seasons, finishing at 20–18–1. For his efforts, Pecknold was named ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year by Insidecollegehockey.com.
Despite winning 15 of its final 18 games in 2004-05 to finish with a 21–13–1 mark and the Atlantic Hockey regular-season title, Quinnipiac finished one victory shy of earning an NCAA Tournament berth, falling in the conference tournament final.
Pecknold was selected as the 2005 Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year and was tabbed as a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award. Cashman was voted a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey, and earned All-America accolades from two national media outlets. Off the ice, senior goaltender Jamie Holden was named a CoSIDA First-Team District I Academic All-America selection for his performance in the classroom.
In 2003–04, Pecknold coached a unit that was decimated by injuries but still managed to achieve a winning record for the eighth straight year at 15–14–6.
During the 2002–03 campaign, Quinnipiac reached the MAAC tournament final for the third consecutive season, but fell one goal short of its second straight NCAA Tournament berth. Nevertheless, the Bobcats did reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth straight year, closing with a 22–13–1 mark.
The 2001–02 campaign was arguably the most successful of Pecknold’s tenure in Hamden. Despite being picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Bobcats closed out the regular season with a second-place effort. Then, in the MAAC Tournament, Quinnipiac registered one-goal wins over Iona and Sacred Heart before taking a 6–4 win over Mercyhurst in the title game. As a result, Quinnipiac earned its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Pecknold became the winningest coach in program history with his 141st win on March 1, 2002, a 6–2 win over UConn.
In 2000–01, Quinnipiac registered a final mark of 22–11–4. After finishing with a 17–7–2 mark in the regular season, the Bobcats finished one game shy of their first ever NCAA berth, falling to Mercyhurst, 6–5, in the MAAC Hockey League championship game.
Quinnipiac finished the 1999–2000 season with a 27–6–3 final record. The 27 wins broke the school record of 26, which was set in 1998–99.
In its first season in Division I in 1998–99, Quinnipiac set a school record with 26 victories on its way to the inaugural MAAC Hockey League regular-season title.
In 1997–1998, its final Division II campaign, Pecknold guided the Bobcats to a 19–3–1 record. Quinnipiac also set a school record for winning percentage (.848).
Hired at Quinnipiac on May 5, 1994, Pecknold previously served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Connecticut College, for three seasons under head coach and former NHL player Doug Roberts. A standout for the Camels, Pecknold led Connecticut College to the 1990 ECAC South Championship. As a senior, Pecknold set school season records for goals (17) and points (47) by a defenseman. He earned First-Team All-ECAC South honors and a spot on the Division III All-England Team. Playing as a forward in his first three collegiate seasons, he led the Camels in goals as a sophomore (19) and junior (23).
An economics major, Pecknold earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and added a master’s degree in education in 1993. A native of Bedford, N.H., Pecknold played scholastically at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. Pecknold, his wife, Nikki, sons Tate and Rex, and daughters, Cecelia and Georgia currently live in Southport, Conn.
RAND PECKNOLD'S YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORD