The Mack Report

Lowell Extends Bazin Through 2018

Norm Bazin (Short) Gameday

UMass Lowell, which has enjoyed two of the most successful ice hockey seasons in its history, has extended the contract of head coach Norm Bazin through 2018.

Bazin, entering his third season at Lowell, has compiled a record of 52-24-3 in his first two seasons, including a 28-11-1 clip last year which included both the Hockey East regular season and tournament championships and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Frozen Four.

The extension is the second in as many years for Bazin, who earned his first on July 25, 2012, following a stellar debut season that saw the River Hawks go 24-13-1 and reach the NCAA Tournament.

“Strong leadership is required to achieve success on a consistent basis, and Norm has demonstrated in just two years at UMass Lowell that he is one of very best in the country at his job,” said Skinner.” He has established a new standard of competitive excellence while instilling all the intangibles needed to produce high-quality student-athletes.”

Bazin was named the recipient of the 2013 Hockey East Bob Kullen Award for Coach of the Year for the second straight year and went on to capture the Spencer Penrose Award for Division I Coach of the Year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Chancellor (Marty) Meehan and Dana Skinner for their show of support in the direction of our hockey program,” Bazin said. “The team, my staff and I have been able to accomplish a number of firsts last season and I’m thrilled to see them acknowledge those efforts. As an alumnus, I am proud of the growth I am seeing on our campus and I look forward to being part of that progress for many years to come.”