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Forum staff reports, Published July 10 2012

UND women's hockey coach gets extension

GRAND FORKS – In five years, coach Brian Idalski turned the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team from a perennial bottom-feeder to a national contender.

Now, UND wants to see what new heights he can take the program in the next five years.

UND tacked two more years onto Idalski’s contract Monday, extending him through the 2016-17 season. He will start with a base salary of $116,777, making him the second-highest paid head coach at UND behind men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol.

“Coach Idalski has a great understanding of the game of hockey and what it takes to be successful,” athletic director Brian Faison said. “The success is evident in all facets of the program, from assembling a top-notch staff to recruiting to community service to a strong emphasis upon academics to on-ice results. Coach Idalski has positioned our program to be amongst college women’s ice hockey elite.”