MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota has agreed to a new contract with Gopher women's hockey head coach Brad Frost. Frost's new contract runs through the 2020-21 season.
"I want to thank President Kaler and Athletic Director Mark Coyle for their continued belief in me, my staff, and our women's hockey program," Frost said. "I have shared many times that there is no better program and university to work for. My goal is to continue impacting the lives of our current student athletes and future players. We will develop them as hockey players but, more importantly, develop them as people."
Frost enters his 11th season at the helm of the Minnesota women's hockey program in 2017-18. In his first 10 seasons as head coach, Frost has brought the program to the pinnacle of the collegiate hockey world by advancing to six-straight NCAA Women's Frozen Fours and winning four of the last six national crowns, including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 and again in 2015 and 2016. After joining the program in 2001 as an assistant coach and later holding the interim head coach title during the 2007-08 season, Frost was named the program's second head coach on April 16, 2008.
With 10 years of experience under his belt, the Bethel University graduate has guided the Gophers to four NCAA national championships, eight NCAA Frozen Four appearances, five WCHA regular season titles, and three WCHA Final Face-Off championships. Frost concluded the 2016-17 season with a career record of 319-53-27 (.833) and has not had a team finish lower than second in the WCHA.
Frost has been named an AHCA Coach of the Year Finalist seven times and has won the national honor twice (2013 and 2014). He has also been named WCHA Coach of the Year four times (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014). Under his tutelage, the Gophers have accumulated six seasons with 30 or more wins. In 2013, Frost led the Gophers to the NCAA's first-ever perfect season (41-0-0), and he became the winningest head coach in Gopher women's hockey history with his 279th career win on Jan. 22, 2016.
Over the last 10 years, Frost has coached some of the top talent not only in the nation but also in the world. He has coached a total of 13 players to a combined 23 All-American honors, and a total of 11 Minnesota student-athletes have been named Top-10 Patty Kaz finalists 19 times under Frost's tutelage, including Kelly Pannek and Sarah Potomak in 2016-17.
The Gophers have seen similar success off the ice under Frost's guidance. The Gophers have accumulated 117 WCHA All-Academic Team awards (17 in 2016-17), 41 WCHA Scholar Athlete honorees (nine in 2016-17) and two WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year award recipients (Gigi Marvin, 2009 and Kelly Terry, 2014) since Frost took reign.
Frost and the Gophers open the 2017-18 season with an exhibition game against Korea on Sunday, Sept. 24 before the team's official season-opening series against Merrimack at Ridder Arena on Friday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 1.
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