The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Tony Granato has gotten a one-year contract extension. The extension, which was approved by the UW Athletic Board in a closed session, moved the end date of Granato’s five-year deal to after the 2026-27 season.
University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh said in a statement issued by UW regarding the 10-24-3 campaign in 2021-22 that fell well short of expectations:
The athletic department routinely recommends the Athletic Board extend coach contracts by a year (or not to) after a postseason evaluation.
Tony Granato has won two Big Ten Coach of the Year awards (2017 and 2021) and won the regular season Big Ten championship for the first time in 21 years in 2021.
In 2021-22, UW’s .311 winning percentage, 24 losses and 2.05 goals per game scoring average were all second worst in program history to the 2014-15 team since the program restarted in 1963.
Granato will begin year number seven at the helm of the program in 2022-23. He holds a career record of 92-106-16 (.467) and a Big Ten record of 59-69-12 (.464) at UW, with the Big Ten title in 2021 before getting upset in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament that year.
I’m personally in favor of having Tony Granato return for the 2022-23 season as head coach. But there’s going to need to be a lot of improvement with the results.