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Report: UMass Hockey Set To Hire Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold

According to a report in College Hockey News, the University of Massachusetts is set to hire current Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold to replace Don Cahoon.

Massachusetts has offered current Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold as its new head coach, and Pecknold is ready to accept, sources tell College Hockey News.

A 1990 graduate of Connecticut College, Pecknold has been the only coach in Quinnipiac's Division I history, dating back to 1994-95. In July 2010, Pecknold signed a contract extension with Quinnipiac through 2014-15.

Pecknold is 337-220-61 in 18 seasons at Quinnipiac, having led the Bobcats from Division II to their current affiliation in the ECAC. Quinnipiac has had 16 straight winning seasons. When compared to UConn, which is coming off its 12th straight losing season, you start to realize why I have reservations about Hockey East's latest addition.

In any case, this appears to be a solid hire for UMass, while BC's program appears to have dodged a serious bullet. The Pecknold hire means the program will hold onto both Assistant Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh and Greg Brown which is a very good thing. It would appear Coach York's staff will remain in tact for another season.

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