Niagara University ice hockey coach Jason Lammers has received a contract extension through the 2023-24 season, the school announced Friday.
The Purple Eagles enter Lammers' third season coming off their first appearance in the Atlantic Hockey championship game and 17 wins, the most since 2012-13. Niagara was picked to finish last in the preseason poll before last season.
In his first season at Niagara in 2017-18, the Purple Eagles gained their first national ranking in four years when they were 20th in the USCHO.com poll on Dec. 4 and improved by seven conference wins from the previous season.
"In just two years, Jason's integrity, passion, and skill has established him as a leader on our campus, in our conference, and throughout the Niagara community," Athletic Director Simon Gray said in a statement. "His dedication to recruiting and developing the highest-caliber student-athletes has raised our hockey program's on-ice competitiveness and academic outcomes. From day one, Jason has inspired with his vision for what Purple Eagles hockey can provide Niagara University and I am elated at this mutual commitment to his leadership."
Off the ice, the Purple Eagles have had two of their most successful years academically – 23 players were named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team in 2019. That followed a program-record 25 in 2018.
"As a staff, we are grateful for this contract extension and continued opportunity," Lammers said in the statement. "Thank you to Niagara University leadership, specifically Father Maher and Simon Gray, the campus community, and the communities of Niagara Falls and Lewiston, for their support. We are committed to making Niagara University regionally dominant and national prominent. We are excited to ignite, educate, empower, and serve our student-athletes this year and for years to come."