For his efforts in leading the Quinnipiac Bobcats to both the ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament titles, as well as the #1 seed in this year's NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships, Rand Pecknold has been chosen winner of the 2016 Spencer Penrose Award as Division I Men's Ice Hockey STX/AHCA Coach of the Year. He will receive his award on Wednesday evening, April 27, launching the American Hockey Coaches Association's annual convention in Naples, FL.
Pecknold has enjoyed a banner year in 2015-16 as his Bobcats have compiled a 31-3-7 record heading into this weekend's NCAA "Frozen Four" in Tampa, FL. Top-seeded Quinnipiac will face-off against Boston College in Thursday's first semifinal game (5:00 p.m.) in hopes of reaching the championship game for the second time in school history. In 2013, the Bobcats were defeated by in-state rival, Yale University, by a score of 4-0.
Overall, Pecknold is 445-263-83 in 22 seasons, his win total ranking him sixth among active NCAA Division I head coaches. He has twice won the ECAC Hockey's "Tim Taylor Award" as Coach of the Year, and has led his team to three regular season titles in the last four seasons and back-to-back tournament crowns.
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-New 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.
Assisting Pecknold this season were Bill Riga, Reid Cashman, Jared Waimon. All three will be recognized in Naples. The runner-up for this year's AHCA Men's Division I Coach of the Year award was Brad Berry, the first-year head coach at the University of North Dakota.
The Spencer Penrose Award is named in memory of the Colorado Springs benefactor who built the Broadmoor Hotel Complex,
site of the first ten NCAA championship hockey tournaments. All AHCA Coach of the Year awards are selected by the head
coaches in each division and are sponsored by STX.
Winners of the Spencer Penrose Award
(Division I Coach of the Year)
|1951||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||1984||Mike Sertich, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1952||Cheddy Thompson, Colorado College||1985||Len Ceglarski, Boston College|
|1953||John Mariucci, Minnesota||1986||Ralph Backstrom, Denver|
|1954||Vic Heyliger, Michigan||1987||John "Gino" Gasparini, North Dakota|
|1955||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||1988||Frank Anzalone, Lake Superior|
|1956||William Harrison, Clarkson||1989||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1957||Jack Riley, Army||1990||Terry Slater, Colgate|
|1958||Harry Cleverly, Boston University||1991||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan|
|1959||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||1992||Ron Mason, Michigan State|
|1960||Jack Riley, Army||1993||George Gwozdecky, Miami|
|1961||Murray Armstrong, Denver||1994||Don Lucia, Colorado College|
|1962||Jack Kelley, Colby||1995||Shawn Walsh, Maine|
|1963||Tony Frasca, Colorado College||1996||Bruce Crowder, UMass Lowell|
|1964||Tom Eccleston, Jr., Providence||1997||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1965||Jim Fullerton, Brown||1998||Tim Taylor, Yale|
|1966||Amo Bessone, Michigan State
Len Ceglarski, Clarkson
|1999||Richard Umile, New Hampshire|
|1967||Edward Jeremiah, Dartmouth||2000||Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence|
|1968||Ned Harkness, Cornell||2001||Dean Blais, North Dakota|
|1969||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2002||Tim Whitehead, Maine|
|1970||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2003||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1971||Ralph "Cooney" Weiland, Harvard||2004||Scott Sandelin, Minnesota-Duluth|
|1972||John "Snooks" Kelley, Boston College||2005||George Gwozdecky, Denver|
|1973||Len Ceglarski, Boston College||2006||Enrico Blasi, Miami|
|1974||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2007||Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame|
|1975||Jack Parker, Boston University||2008||Red Berenson, Michigan|
|1976||John Maclnnes, Michigan Tech||2009||Jack Parker, Boston University|
|1977||Jerry York, Clarkson||2010||Wayne Wilson, RIT|
|1978||Jack Parker, Boston University||2011||Nate Leaman, Union|
|1979||Charlie Holt, New Hampshire||2012||Bob Daniels, Ferris State|
|1980||Rick Comley, Northern Michigan||2013||Norm Bazin, UMass Lowell|
|1981||Bill O'Flaherty, Clarkson||2014||Rick Bennett, Union|
|1982||Ferny Flaman, Northeastern||2015||Mike Hastings, Minnesota State|
|1983||Bill Cleary, Harvard||2016||Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac|