Oct. 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Gopher Athletics announced today that the University of Minnesota has agreed to new contract terms for three of the athletic department’s head coaches – men’s hockey coach Don Lucia, women’s hockey coach Brad Frost and volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon.
“We’re excited to announce new contract agreements for Don, Brad and Hugh,” Teague said. “All three are considered among the best in their profession, leaders in their sports and we are proud to retain them at the University of Minnesota.”
Lucia, who led the Gophers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003, enters his 15th season as head coach of the Minnesota men’s hockey program in 2013-14 and owns a 344-182-59 coaching record with the Gophers. During his tenure, Lucia has coached student-athletes to a total of 12 All-America honors including 2002 Hobey Baker Award winner Jordan Leopold. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native guided Minnesota to a share of its second-straight MacNaughton Cup last year (fourth in eight years) as Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season champions after returning to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2012. Last year, Lucia became just the 10th coach ever to collect 600 career wins and the ninth to do so exclusively at the Division I level.
Frost has led the Minnesota women’s hockey program on an incredible run over the last two years, winning back-to-back national championships and carrying a 49-game winning streak into the start of the 2013-14 season. The Burlington, Ontario native is now in his seventh season as head coach of the women’s program and his 11th overall at Minnesota. Frost has coached Minnesota to an impressive 186-36-16 record with three WCHA regular-season titles and two WCHA Final Face-Off championships to his credit while earning national Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and WCHA honors three times in his career (2008, 2009, 2013). During his tenure with the program, Frost has coached seven players to 11 All-America honors, including 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Amanda Kessel.
McCutcheon returns for his second season at the helm of the Gopher volleyball program in 2013 after guiding Minnesota to the NCAA Elite Eight last season in his first campaign with the Maroon and Gold. The Christchurch, New Zealand native coached Katherine Harms and Tori Dixon to All-America honors in 2012 as the Gophers tied for second in the Big Ten standings. McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal.
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