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Merrimack has added two years to head coach Mark Dennehy’s contract extension, signed prior to the start of last season.
The contract now runs through the 2018-19 season.
“Mark’s commitment to Merrimack and its students represent what our community stands for,” said Dr. Christopher E. Hopey, Merrimack’s President. “His character and mentoring ability, both on and off the ice, have helped our students to become successful in many aspects of their lives.”
The extension of Dennehy’s contract continues a series of major investments made under President Hopey this year in the areas of academics and athletics and comes at a time when the College is expected to enroll the largest freshmen class in its history and is in the midst of several campus construction projects including the expansion of the Volpe Center, which will include a new sports medicine area, strength and conditioning training area and second ice rink.
In his sixth year as head coach at Merrimack, Dennehy guided the Warriors to their first-ever Hockey East Championship appearance, a Division I school record 25 wins and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988.
“I am humbled and my family is truly grateful for the support and trust that Dr. Hopey and Glenn Hofmann have continued to show in me and the hockey program,” said Dennehy. “Merrimack is a unique and special place in which hockey is truly a part of the fabric of the College. The excitement and momentum that not only the hockey program has established, but just as importantly is present throughout the entire college community makes this a place that I want to stay at for the rest of my career.”
Off the ice, Dennehy’s squad is a finalist for the highest male team GPA and had ten student-athletes named to the Hockey East All-Academic team after recording a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“Mark has done a tremendous job with the hockey program, and we’re happy he will be leading our program for the foreseeable future,” said Hofmann, who is in his third year at Merrimack. “His team has excelled on the ice and in the classroom, helped to build pride amongst Merrimack alumni and distinguished themselves on campus and in the community. These are just some of the reasons Coach Dennehy is highly sought after, and we are thrilled he will continue to be part of the Merrimack family.”