HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald announced that Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach Rick Seeley has signed a contract extension to remain with the Bobcats through 2017. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.
"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 second consecutive season. The entire campus and surrounding communities look forward to continued success of our women's ice hockey team."
The third head coach in program history, Seeley is preparing for his fifth season leading the Bobcats. During his tenure, Quinnipiac currently stands at three consecutive winning seasons. Quinnipiac is one of only seven teams (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Cornell, Mercyhurst, and Boston University) in the nation to compile 60 wins during this three-year stretch. Seeley has also guided the Bobcats to consecutive ECAC Hockey Semifinal appearances in the last two seasons, both of which came off Quarterfinal upsets against higher seeds on the road.
In four years, Seeley and the Bobcats have enjoyed numerous highlights. Seeley guided Quinnipiac to its most successful season in program history in 2010-11, finishing the year with a record of 22-12-3. The program has been nationally ranked in both the pairwise ranking and coach's poll at times during each of the past two seasons. Also under his tutelage, Seeley was named the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their first postseason berth in the 2009-10 season.
"I am thrilled with my contract extension. Quinnipiac University has become home for my family," Seeley said. "I feel so fortunate to enjoy the incredible support President John Lahey, Director of Athletics Jack McDonald, and Senior Vice President Mark Thompson have shown me and the program since I arrived here. I am very 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."
Seeley holds a 210-147-40 career record and a 63-64-18 record while at Quinnipiac. He collected his 200th victory with a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris in the Nutmeg Classic Tournament Championship game on Nov. 26, 2011. In addition to his team success, Seeley has also coached five All-ECAC Hockey performers and mentored 44 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team honorees during his tenure.
QUINNIPIAC – Signed Women's Ice Hockey Head Coach Rick Seeley to a contract extension through the 2016-17 season.
Contact: Maxx McNall; Maxx.McNall@quinnipiac.edu