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Air Force, hockey coach Frank Serratore agree to five-year deal

By: The Gazette
May 8, 2018 Updated: May 8, 2018 at 10:33 am
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Air Force Academy hockey coach Frank Serratore during the game against Army Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Air Force Academy. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Frank Serratore guided an injury-riddled Air Force Falcons hockey team to the doorstep of the Frozen Four this past season.

He’ll get more chances to open that door.

Serratore and the Academy agreed to a new five-year contract Tuesday that will keep him at the helm through 2023, according to an announcement today by Director of Athletics Col. Jennifer Block.

“Frank has built Air Force hockey into a nationally-recognized program both on and off the ice,” Block said. “Air Force hockey players are some of our best and brightest and we are thrilled to have Frank continue to lead our program and these young men as they become leaders or character for our Air Force.”

In 21 seasons with Air Force, Serratore has amassed a 379-335-81 record. His Falcons teams have won seven Atlantic Hockey Conference tournament championships, made seven NCAA appearances and advanced to three NCAA Elite Eights, including the 2018-18 squad.

Despite a rash of injuries, the Falcons won their second straight AHC tournament championship and an qualified for an NCAA berth. At the NCAA West Regional, Air Force defeated the nation’s No. 1 team, St. Cloud State, marking the Academy’s first ever win over the overall No. 1 seed. The season ended with a 2-1 loss to eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth, but not before the Falcons won 20 games (23-15-5) for the third straight season, a new school record.

 "This wasn't supposed to happen to us. We've got well over 200 man-games (lost) to injury," Serratore said after the tournament.

"We came together at the right time - just achingly again, for the third time, one goal from getting to that Frozen Four."

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