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Sneddon signs extension

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Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the University of Vermont has extended the contract of men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon. It's a three year deal, with two one-year options that will keep Sneddon behind the Catamounts bench at least through the 2017-2018 season.

"What happened this year simply confirmed what we always knew," UVM athletic Director, Dr. Bob Corran said.  "That he really was the best person for the job, had done a very good job long term and the last two years we've had some pretty extraordinary success."

The new deal will pay Sneddon a base salary between $241,000 and $251,000 over the first three years.  Dr. Corran says that salary puts Sneddon in the middle of compensation for coaches in Hockey East.

Sneddon, who's current contract expired on Thursday, has been at the helm of the Vermont men's hockey program since 2003.  He led the Cats to 22 wins this past season, back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the third time as a D-1 program and three trips to both the Hockey East semifinals and NCAA Tournament. 

There have been lean years as well, including a total of 25 wins between 2011 and 2013.  Corran said the school's philosophy is to wait until the final year of a coach's deal before officially deciding whether to renew them.  However, Corran said Sneddon was not in a position where he needed a successful season to earn a new contract.

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