Pecknold Shares Winning Formula at Season-Opening Athletic Department Retreat
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Rand Pecknold, Connecticut College Class of '90, and head coach of the Quinnipiac Men's ice hockey program, helped the athletic department kick off the 2016-17 season by providing the key note speech at the Athletic Department's retreat today.
Pecknold just completed his 22nd season of the Bobcats in 2015-16. This past season marked the Bobcats fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as their second appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four and National Championship Game in the last four seasons. In addition, the Bobcats captured their second-consecutive Cleary Clup, for the ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship, which was also their third in four seasons. Quinnipiac also won its first-ever Whitelaw Cup after winning the league's tournament championship. For his efforts, Pecknold was honored with the Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year Award, the College Hockey News National Coach of the Year as well as the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year Award.
To date, Pecknold features a career record of 446-264-83 and currently ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
Pecknold scored 59 goals for the Camels (#9 all-time) and dished out 64 assists (tied for #8 all-time) for a career total of 123 points (#8 all-time).
He holds the single season record for goals (17) and points (47) tallied by a defensemen, both were established in his terrific senior season in New London which saw coach Doug Roberts' squad capture the ECAC South Championship.
He earned First-Team All-ECAC South honors and was named to the Division III All-England Team.
Pecknold supported his alma mater as a three-year assistant coach to Roberts.
Pecknold shared some of his knowledge that's propelled him to the top of his coaching profession. At the end of the panel, he held a question and answer session. After the meeting, Pecknold (pictured, center) joined Camel Men's Hockey Coaches Jim Ward (right) and Will Leedy (left) for a photo.