NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. (Niagara University) - Niagara men's hockey head coach Dave Burkholder has agreed to a contract extension, as announced by Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin on Wednesday. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
"Coach Burkholder is an important member of the Niagara University community and we want to make sure we keep him," McLaughlin said. "He produces model student-athletes and successful alumni every year. Niagara hockey is in good hands with him."
A member of the coaching staff since the team was founded in 1996, Burkholder is entering his 10th season as head coach of the Purple Eagles. As a head coach, Burkholder has earned a pair of CHA Coach of the Year awards, two CHA Tournament Championships, a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament and two CHA Regular Season crowns in his first nine seasons. He boasts an overall record of 156-141-32.
The head coach also has mentored some great players who are currently playing professionally, including Sean Bentivoglio (Bridgeport - AHL), Matt Caruana (Gwinnett - ECHL), Barret Ehgoetz (Cincinnati - ECHL), Scott Langdon (Reading - ECHL), Juliano Pagliero (Italy), Vince Rocco (Italy), Kyle Rogers (Toronto - AHL), Dan Sullivan (Italy) and Bernie Sigrist (Swiss Elite).
Burkholder's teams have also performed well in the classroom, with 25 out of the 28 student-athletes from the 2009-10 team earning over a grade-point average of 3.00 for the spring semester. The 2009-10 men's hockey team combined for a 3.43 grade-point average in the spring semester, a 14-year high for the team. He has also guided 104 players to the now defunct College Hockey America All-Academic Team, including at least 11 members in each of the past seven seasons.
"As our program embarks and embraces the move to Atlantic Hockey, it is great to have a full four-year recruiting cycle to work with," Burkholder said. "I thank Father Levesque, his administration and Ed McLaughlin for their continued confidence and support they have given me."
The Purple Eagle bench boss recently just completed a four year stint on the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship Committee and a four year stint on the Hobey Baker Selection Committee.
The Purple Eagles will begin play in the Atlantic Hockey Association in the fall of 2010.