Aug. 1, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Associate Vice President/Athletics Director Robert G. Driscoll, Jr. announced that Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach Bob Deraney has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the Friars through 2017. Driscoll made the announcement on August 1.
"Bob Deraney is one of the top women's hockey coaches in the nation and we are fortunate to have him as our head coach," Driscoll said. "He does a great job leading our student-athletes. We are excited about the future of our women's hockey program and its continued success."
Deraney has been named the Women's Hockey East Coach of the Year, as well as a finalist for the National Coach of the Year, during the last two seasons.
The fifth head coach in program history, Deraney is preparing for his 13th season leading the Friars. During his tenure, Providence has compiled an impressive 227-151-48 record for a winning percentage of .589. He is just 37 wins shy of tying John Marchetti for the most coaching victories in program history.
In 12 years, Deraney and the Friars have enjoyed numerous highlights. The program has earned four conference championships, including the first three Women's Hockey East titles, and three regular season crowns. Also under his tutelage, the Friars are the only Women's Hockey East program to advance to at least the semifinals in each of the conference's nine seasons. Deraney also oversaw the program's 600th victory. Providence joined New Hampshire as the only NCAA women's programs to reach the milestone.
"I would like to thank Father Shanley and Bob Driscoll for allowing me to continue in my current position as head women's ice hockey coach at Providence College," said Deraney. "The last 12 years have been a tremendous privilege and I thank them for the opportunity. We have unfinished business in our program and I look forward to working with them to pursue and achieve our ultimate goal, winning a national championship for Providence College."
In addition to team success, Deraney also has coached four Olympians, including current Friar Assistant Coach Karen Thatcher, and five First-Team All-Americans (who combined to earn the honor seven times) and 24 Hockey East All Stars. He has mentored 83 ECAC or Hockey East All-Academic Team honorees.
The West Roxbury, Mass. native and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Danielle and Alexa. The family currently resides in Shrewsbury, Mass.
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