HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rick Seeley has signed a contract extension through the 2015-16 season. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed. In his third season at Quinnipiac, Seeley was a finalist for ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year honors as the Bobcats won a program-record 22 games.
"I am thrilled with my contract extension. Quinnipiac University has quickly become home for my family," Seeley said. "I feel so fortunate to enjoy the incredible support President John Lahey and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald have shown me and my program since I arrived here three years ago. I am excited about the direction our program is taking as we continue to establish Quinnipiac as one of the elite programs in ECAC Hockey, and the nation."
In 2010-11, the Bobcats experienced one of the most successful
seasons in program-history, finishing with a record of 22-12-3
including a 12-9-1 mark in ECAC Hockey play. Quinnipiac was ranked
10th, the program’s highest-ranking of all-time,
in the USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll on January 17, 2011,
a spot it held for two-consecutive weeks. In addition, Quinnipiac
also captured its second Nutmeg Classic Championship in the history
of the mid-season tournament.
"Rick and his staff have done a wonderful job in making the women's ice hockey team a success by elevating the athletic, academic and community service aspects of the program," McDonald said. " "This past season Rick, his staff and team brought Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey to new levels by winning the Nutmeg Classic Championship and advancing to the ECAC Hockey "Final Four" for the first time in program history. The entire campus and surrounding communities look forward to continued success of our women's ice hockey team."
In 2009-10, Seeley, was named the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their best overall record (19-10-8) in team history and the best conference record (11-4-5) since the team's inception. Since Quinnipiac established a women's ice hockey program in 2001-02, no other Division I program has improved by as many games.. In three seasons at Quinnipiac, Seeley has compiled a 44-48-16 record; however, the squad has made drastic improvements in the past two years especially, accumulating a 41-22-11 overall mark during that span. In 12 seasons as a head coach, Seeley holds a career record of 206-131-38 and a 152-115-34 in Division I action.
Seeley was also named the runner-up for the American Hockey Coaches Association Women's Division I Coach of the Year award in 2009-10. Seeley has built a reputation as the architect for several women's ice hockey programs, as he was the first head coach of the Clarkson and Manhattanville programs. In four seasons with Clarkson, Seeley guided the Golden Knights to four postseason appearances and guiding the team to the top of the ECAC Hockey standings. While at Manhattanville, he led the Valiants to the 2002 NCAA Division III National Championship game, earning ECAC East Coach of the Year honors, while finishing as the runner-up for the Division III Coach of the Year award.