HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald announced the women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley has signed a contract extension through the 2017-18 season. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
"I am truly humbled by the show of support, for both me personally and our hockey program, by our leadership at Quinnipiac," Seeley said. "President Lahey, Executive VP Thompson and AD Jack McDonald continue to take both our athletic department, and Quinnipiac as whole, to new heights. It's been an honor to be part of the QU family for the last five years and exciting to know we'll be here at least five more."
Already the winningest coach in program history, Seeley will be entering his sixth year manning the helm of the Bobcats. He has successfully turned the women's ice hockey program into a perennial power which has now reeled off four consecutive winning seasons. Quinnipiac is currently one of only 10 teams (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Harvard, Cornell, Minnesota Duluth, Boston University, Boston College, Mercyhurst and Clarkson) in all of Division I to compile 80 wins over this four-year run. Seeley has also guided the Bobcats to four consecutive ECAC Hockey playoff appearances, including back-to-back trips to the Semifinals in 2011-12.
In five years, Seeley and the Bobcats have enjoyed continuous success. He guided Quinnipiac to its most successful season in program history in 2010-11, finishing the year with a record of 22-12-3. Just one year ago, he led the squad through an enduring 2012-13 ECAC Hockey schedule and posted the most conference victories (13) in program history. The program was also acknowledged for their strong character on and off the ice last season, earning the Turfer Athletic Sportsmanship Trophy. Also under his leadership, Seeley was named the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their first postseason berth in 2009-10.
"Rick and his staff continue to do 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 and was also played a very important role in Quinnipiac's successful bid to host the 2014 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Frozen Four at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. The entire campus and surrounding communities look forward to continued success of our women's ice hockey team."
In his 13 years of head coaching experience, Seeley owns a career record of 230-159-44 and an 83-76-22 record in his five years at Quinnipiac. He collected his 225th career victory in the Bobcat's monumental 4-1 victory over then-No. 4 ranked Cornell on Feb. 8, 2013. In addition to the team's success, Seeley has also directed nine All-ECAC Hockey performers and mentored 55 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team honoree during his tenure.
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