Ex-Union hockey coach Leaman signs contract extension with Providence
Former Union College men's hockey coach Nate Leaman signed a four-year contract extension with Providence College on Friday.
Leaman has a 31-34-11 record in two seasons with the Friars. He guided the team to consecutive Hockey East tournament semifinal appearances.
Here are some quotes from the press release:
"This extension for Coach Leaman is well deserved," Providence College president Rev. Brian J. Shanley said. "In a short period of time, Nate has confirmed all of the reasons why we hired him to be our men's hockey coach. He has built a strong staff and, together, they have the respect and admiration of our student-athletes. He has been highly successful in recruiting talented student-athletes to join our program, and our success on the ice has been self-evident to anyone who follows collegiate hockey. We are convinced that Nate is the right individual to lead our men's hockey program and this extension demonstrates our continued commitment to him."
"We are excited that Nate Leaman will be coaching the Friars for many years to come," Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll said. "This is a historic time for Providence College hockey. With Nate's leadership, the team has made consecutive Hockey East semifinal appearances and we are confident that under his guidance, the men's hockey program will compete for championships in the coming years in the newly renovated Schneider Arena."
"I am extremely thankful to Father Shanley and Bob Driscoll for the opportunity to continue coaching at this great institution," Leaman said. "Providence College is a special place and I am looking forward to working hard and building a championship program here."
Leaman started his head coaching career at Union in 2003. In eight years, Leaman posted a 138-127-35 record. He guided the Dutchmen to their first ECAC Hockey Cleary Cup regular-season title in 2010-11, and their first NCAA tournament appearance at the Division I level. He won the Tim Taylor Award as ECACH Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and was the Spencer Penrose Award winner as national coach of the year.
In a Tweet, Providence Journal hockey writer Mark Divver said Leaman admitted turned down a couple of offers from NHL teams to become an assistant coach.