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College Hockey: UNH's Umile signs three-year extension

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

August 02. 2015 9:09PM

UNH coach Dick Umile watches a 2012 practice at the Whittemore Center in Durham. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader File)

If everything goes as planned, it appears that University of New Hampshire men’s hockey coach Dick Umile will spend three more seasons behind the bench in Durham.

The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reported on Friday that Umile signed a three-year contract extension last month that will keep him as UNH’s head coach through the 2017-18 season at a reported salary of $248,240 per year.

Mike Murphy, UNH’s associate athletic director for communications, confirmed the contract extension Sunday night.

A call to Umile seeking comment was not returned.

Umile, 66, has been UNH’s head coach since 1990. Michigan’s Red Berenson is the only other current Division I head coach who has been with his school for a longer period of time. Berenson has been at Michigan, his alma mater, since 1984.

Umile has guided UNH to seven Hockey East regular-season titles, and two Hockey East tournament championships. UNH has reached the national title game twice during Umile’s tenure (1999 and 2003), but lost both games.

Umile’s UNH teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament in 18 of his 25 seasons and at one point made the tournament in 10 consecutive years. The Wildcats have failed to make the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons.

UNH hired Mike Souza as an associate head coach last month. Although no formal announcement has been made, it has been reported that Souza, a former UNH captain, will succeed Umile as UNH’s head coach.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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