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RIT, Wilson agree to seven-year contract extension

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Wayne Wilson has signed a seven-year contract extension that will keep him as head coach of the Rochester Institute of Technology men's hockey coach through the 2021-22 season.

The deal was announced by RIT Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lou Spiotti Thursday morning. Wilson and the Tigers are coming off an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Final. RIT knocked off the tournament's top seed, Minnesota State, in the first round.

A Montreal native and 1984 graduate of Bowling Green, Wilson's Tigers have won at least 20 games eight different seasons. Wilson owns an overall record of 302-180-54 as head coach at RIT since the 1999-2000 season. Since making the jump to Division I in 2005, Wilson has compiled a 141-73-34 record.

A captain of BGSU's 1984 NCAA Championship squad, Wilson has primed RIT into a position as one of the top programs in Atlantic Hockey. In 2010 he guided the Tigers to their only appearance in the Frozen Four.

"Wayne has done a tremendous job of leading our men's hockey program and we are thrilled to sign him to a seven-year extension," said Dr. Sandy Johnson, a Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at RIT.

RIT gave Wilson his first career head coaching position after serving as an assistant coach at Bowling Green from 1984 until 1999.

"I'm very grateful for the faith Lou Spiotti, Dr. Sandy Johnson, Jim Watters, and Dr. Destler have in my leadership of our hockey program," said Wilson. "I can't think of a better place to be coaching than RIT. The support from our administration for the hockey program, my family and assistant coaches is second to none."

Wilson and the program just completed the first season in the brand new, state-of-the-art Gene Polisseni Center, a 4,300-seat on-campus arena.

"I am lucky to coach at a school where hockey is very much a part of our student experience," added Wilson.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.