University of Maine head coach Red Gendron signed a two-year contract extension, it was announced on Friday morning by Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. The extension ensures Gendron will coach the Black Bears through at least the 2018-19 season.
Gendron, who has won two NCAA championships and one Stanley Cup as an assistant coach, is in the midst of his third year as Maine's head coach. His 37-56-13 career record includes a 7-19-6 mark so far this season.
"It is an honor to coach at this outstanding university and to work with so many dedicated faculty, administrators, staff and, of course, with dedicated alumni and fans who support us," Gendron said in a statement. "The magnificent young men we are charged with recruiting, coaching, and mentoring to hockey success and toward a degree make this job one of the greatest in the world. To be afforded this opportunity to continue implementing our plan for ultimate and consistent success is something for which I am extremely grateful."
Gendron joined the Black Bears after a three-year tenure as an assistant coach at Yale. He was the associate head coach in his final two seasons, the latter of which (2013) ended with the Bulldogs capturing their first-ever national title.
The 1979 New England College graduate's first collegiate coaching job was as an assistant to Shawn Walsh at Maine from 1990-93. He returned to Orono in 2013, originally signing a four-year contract through the end of nextseason.