Vice President of Student Life Eddie Ade Knowles has announced that the contract of head men’s hockey coach Seth Appert has been extended for two years. Appert’s agreement runs through the 2011-12 season.
“I am very thankful to President Jackson and Dr. Knowles for their continued support of our program and the vision and leadership they provide for our university,” said Appert. “We have set a strong foundation for future success and we will continue to move this program forward with the support from Kevin Beattie, the RPI campus community, and our terrific fans in the Capital Region. This is our home and my wife and I are excited about raising our kids here while bringing RPI hockey back to national prominence.”
“In just one year Seth has become an important member of the Rensselaer community with a very positive influence across the campus,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “He has shown a willingness to meet challenges head on and a determination to succeed. These are attributes that will continue to shape outstanding young men, while generating a great deal of excitement and increasing levels of success on the ice.”
“Seth’s ambition and enthusiasm fit perfectly for Rensselaer,” said Knowles.
“When looking at the outstanding young men he recruits, as well as the eagerness to play the best teams in the country, there is no doubt we will again become one of the nation’s elite programs. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Highlights of Appert’s first season included leading his team to victory in the inaugural Governor’s Cup Championship Rensselaer’s first title of any kind since 1998 and garnering points against five nationally ranked opponents. Among those was the team’s first win of the season, which came at the University of Denver Appert’s previous employer that was ranked 11th at the time.
The 2007-08 Engineers return 17 players from that team, which posted a 10-18-8 record, including 10 forwards, four defensemen, and three goaltenders.
Prior to joining Rensselaer, Appert, the 12th head men’s hockey coach in the storied program’s history, spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at Denver, where he was responsible for recruiting, on-ice coaching, video breakdown, and game analysis work. Appert helped Denver sign nationally ranked recruiting classes during his tenure. The Pioneers averaged over 23 wins and captured two NCAA Championships, three WCHA playoff titles, and two WCHA regular season championships.
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