ORONO, Maine — Maine coach Red Gendron has signed a second two-year contract extension, the school announced today.
The terms of the extension, which runs through June 30, 2021, remain unchanged from the current contract.
Gendron took over at Maine in 2013, and this year posted the team’s best record in his tenure, 18-16-4. The Black Bears won a first-round playoff series.
“We very much appreciate Red’s ongoing efforts to build this team to a championship level,” Maine athletic director Jim Settele said. “Under his leadership, we had an exciting year reaching the Hockey East quarterfinals, and we know that next year should be even more impressive. The coaching staff’s guidance of our players has allowed them to succeed on the ice and in the classroom. With a returning core of solid players and some fantastic recruits, expectations are high for next year, and we look forward to Coach Gendron leading the way.”
Gendron was first at Maine as an assistant coach under Shawn Walsh for three years in the early 1990s, including the 1993 national championship team.
“We just finished an exciting year with a very young and very talented group of Black Bears,” Gendron said. “Our players, our coaches and our staff all know how very bright our program’s future is. Everyone in our program craves the work and relishes the challenges of doing their parts to propel Maine to the summit of college hockey.
“There is more work to do and, frankly, the work required never ceases, never diminishes. … I am also grateful for all of the fine work produced by our coaching staff, the leadership group inside our team, and all of our players, past and present, who commit to and do what is required each and every day.”