Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon and the school have agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension that would take him through the 2019-20 season, according to the Burlington Free Press. Sneddon is currently in the final year of his contract.
According to the report, the two sides agreed in principle over the summer, but have still not finalized the details.
Vermont is 4-13-3 with a 1-7-2 record in Hockey East after Friday’s 6-0 loss to Vermont. This is Sneddon’s 15th season as head coach. During that time, the Catamounts have made the NCAAs three times, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2009. Last season, they won 20 games but fell just short of the NCAAs.
This year’s struggles, however, have some fans questioning the coach’s future.
“I know who we are, what our capabilities are and what the leadership is,” Vermont athletic director Jeff Schulman told the Free Press. “I understand not everybody will agree. Nobody feels great about where things are right now but I continue to believe Kevin Sneddon is the right person to be leading the program.”
The team last made the NCAAs in 2014, with two other 20-win seasons since then where it didn’t make it.
“We all believe this season has many more opportunities for growth, and the future is extremely bright,” Sneddon said the Free Press, also noting the upcoming renovations to the team’s home arena. “My staff has done a great job attracting future prospects to go along with our current players, and the transformational renovation of Gutterson will help us go after championships.”