New Hampshire has signed longtime coach Dick Umile to a three-year extension that will take him through the 2017-18 season, the Herald has learned.
Although there has been no formal announcement by the school, UNH president Mark Huddleston signed the new deal on July 15. The new contract officially began retroactively on July 1 and will pay Umile a base salary of $248,240 per season.
Yes, we’re in the dog days of summer, and a lot of people are taking vacation, but it is strange to have signed a coach to a new contract and not announce anything. Maybe they were planning to do it eventually? Maybe they were going to just let it go and see if anybody got a hold of it? Who knows.
Umile has been New Hampshire’s head coach since 1990, leading the Wildcats to seven Hockey East regular season titles and two Hockey East playoff titles.
After making the NCAA tournament for 10 consecutive seasons, the Wildcats have missed it in three of the last four.
Things aren’t getting any better for the University of Wisconsin.
Promising defenseman Jack Dougherty, a big late get for the Badgers a year ago, has signed with the Nashville Predators after one season. Dougherty is going to play in the WHL this season.
It’s another hit for the Badgers, who continue to take punches to the chin from every direction.
After a four-win season, Wisconsin lost its top two recruits — forward Brock Boeser to UND and goalie Luke Opilka to the OHL — and now its top young prospect.
Boston College recruit Jeremy Bracco, rumored to be considering jumping to the OHL, tweeted last week that he is, indeed, going to school at BC.
I’m guessing that rumors will persist until he begins class on Chestnut Hill as Sonny Milano also re-affirmed his commitment to the Eagles last summer only to ultimately end up in the OHL.
In case you missed it last week, East Grand Forks coach Tyler Palmiscno, a former UND player, has stepped down from his position after winning back-to-back state championships.
Palmiscno said the time commitment became too much.
During his tenure at EGF as an assistant coach, a co-head coach and a head coach, Palmiscno not only coached successful teams, he also did a terrific job developing players.
UND guys Gage Ausmus, Tucker Poolman and Dixon Bowen all came through during Palmiscno’s time. Bowen, who will come to campus next season, won’t be the last member of the 2015 state title team to end up at a D-I school, either.