Sept. 27, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (Sept. 27) by Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. and Athletics Director Bob Driscoll at the grand reopening of Schneider Arena that Providence College men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman has signed a long-term contract extension.
"This extension for Coach Leaman is well deserved," Fr. 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," 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."
In his first two seasons leading the Friars, Leaman led Providence to back-to-back Hockey East semifinal appearances for the first time in 17 seasons. The Friars finished the 2012-13 season tied for third in the Hockey East standings and they hosted a Hockey East Quarterfinal series for the first time since 2002-03. Providence went on to win a home-ice quarterfinal series for the first time since 2001, as the Friars defeated New Hampshire, two games to one, to advance to the TD Garden.
Leaman has guided his young Friar squads to a combined 23-22-9 mark in Hockey East play. This past season, freshman goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was named a Second Team CCM/ACHA All-American and the HCA National Div. I Rookie of the Year. Gillies also was a First Team Hockey East All-Star, becoming PC's first All-American and First Team Hockey East honoree since 2003-04. Leaman also has coached the program's second-ever Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year, Tim Schaller (2013), and back-to-back Hockey East All-Rookie team selections, Ross Mauermann (2012) and Gillies (2013). Providence posted a 17-14-7 overall record in 2012-13 and a 13-8-6 mark in Hockey East play to tie for third. It was PC's first winning record since 2005-06 and the 13 Hockey East wins are the third-most in program history. The Friars reached as high as 16th in the USCHO.com poll, their highest ranking since November of 2003. Providence was ranked 18th in the season-ending USCHO.com poll, marking the first time since 2001 the Friars were ranked in the final USCHO.com poll.
In April of 2013, Leaman received the Reverend John McMahon Award from the Providence College Student Congress. Recognizing members of the Providence College community for outstanding dedication and service to the student body, it is the highest honor that Student Congress awards.
Leaman was named the 12th Providence College men's hockey head coach on April 22, 2011. Prior to Leaman's arrival, the Friars last appeared in the Hockey East tournament in 2008 and had last advanced to the TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals in 2001. To advance to the 2012 Hockey East semifinals, Leaman and the Friars downed second-seeded UMass-Lowell, two games to one, becoming the first ever No. 7 seed to win a HEA Quarterfinal series in the history of the league.
Leaman is now 183-181-50 as a head coach, including eight seasons at Union from 2003-2011, where he went 138-127-35. In 2010-11, Leaman led the Dutchmen to their first Cleary Cup (ECAC Regular Season Championship) and the school's first appearance in the Div. I Men's Hockey NCAA Championship field. He was named the 2011 Spencer Penrose Award Winner as the Div. I National Coach of the Year. As a head coach, Leaman has now coached 20 NHL draft picks, six All-Americans and a Hobey Baker finalist.
Prior to taking over at Union, Leaman had stints as an assistant coach at Harvard (1999-2003) and Maine (1998-99). He also served as an assistant with the U.S. World Junior Team in 2007 and 2009. A native of Centerville, Ohio, Leaman and his wife, Alice, have two sons, Ty and Bryce.
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