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Bergeron Signs Two-Year Contract Extension

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Bowling Green State University Athletics Director Greg Christopher has announced that head ice hockey coach Chris Bergeron has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

"I would like to thank President Mazey, Greg Christopher and the entire athletic department for showing the confidence they have in our staff," said Bergeron. "My family and I, as well as the Eigner and Schutte families, love being a part of the Bowling Green community, both on and off campus. We are all very excited about the future of Bowling Green hockey."

Under Bergeron's leadership, Bowling Green completed two CCHA Tournament upsets on the road last year, defeating Northern Michigan and national runner-up Ferris State in best two-out-of-three series' to become the first No. 11 seed to ever reach the CCHA semifinals. The Falcons' appearance at Joe Louis Arena marked their first trip to the CCHA semifinals in eleven years (2000-2001). Bergeron also saw two of his players earn conference honors last season, including Player of the Week (Andrew Hammond) and Rookie of the Week (Ryan Carpenter) twice.

Bergeron completed his second season at the helm of the Orange and Brown in 2011-12, leading the Falcons to a 14-25-5 overall record, including a mark of 5-19-4 in conference play. While the overall record may not be flashy, the program saw steady improvement throughout the season, culminating in four postseason wins and a 5-5-0 record in the final 10 contests, with a victory over then-No. 3 Michigan. The team also recorded back-to-back shootout victories over then-No. 2 Ohio State in the latter stages of the season.

Bergeron was named the Falcons' seventh head coach in program history on April 12, 2010 and has posted an overall record of 24–52–9 in his first two years.

"Chris has Bowling Green hockey headed in the right direction," said Christopher. "There is still plenty of work to be done, but watching the strides our team has made off the ice, coupled with the on-ice improvement, it is clear we are building a championship culture. Chris is fully invested in Falcon hockey and I appreciate his leadership both within the program and within the larger athletics department."

Prior to his arrival at Bowling Green, Bergeron spent ten years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Miami University.  He was part of a staff that was honored with the CCHA Coach of the Year award four times (2000-01, 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2009-10) and the AHCA National Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2005-06.

During his time in Oxford, Ohio his teams collected a cumulative record of 226-139-37 overall, and a conference record of 161-83-28. Over ten seasons, Bergeron helped guide the RedHawks to six NCAA Tournament appearances, consecutive Frozen Four showings in 2008-09 and 2009-10, two first-places finishes in the CCHA and six seasons with 20 or more overall wins.

Bergeron played at Miami from 1989-93 and was a two-year team captain, leading the team to its first CCHA Championship in program history as a senior. During that season, Bergeron scored a team-high 61 points on 21 goals and 40 assists. Along with his offensive achievements that year, the four-year letterwinner was named the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward, as well as Miami's Most Outstanding Senior.

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