NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Head Men’s Hockey Coach Mark Dennehy and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Monique LeBlanc were each promoted to Associate Athletic Directors as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Dean O’Keefe.
Both Dennehy and LeBlanc will continue their head coaching roles while adding new leadership responsibilities to assist in furthering the growth and success of Merrimack Athletics.
“Both Monique and Mark are dynamic and proven leaders, and I am pleased they have accepted the opportunity to serve as key members of our administrative team,” said O’Keefe. “As Merrimack Athletics continues to move forward, Monique and Mark will play an important role in setting our strategy and direction.”
As part of his new duties, Dennehy will spearhead the department’s management of the renovated and expanded Volpe Athletic Center, including the addition of a second hockey rink, new locker rooms, and new weight room and health science facilities. Dennehy will also assist in Hockey East administrative matters, fundraising and additional department initiatives.
In only her second year at Merrimack, LeBlanc has quickly established herself as an exciting young head coach and instrumental leader within the department. She will assist in directing the department by participating in strategic planning activities, setting department policy, representing Merrimack at conference meetings and other department programs.
In seven seasons at Merrimack, Dennehy has completely rebuilt the hockey program, transforming it from a three-win team in 2006-07 to reaching the Hockey East Championship and NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 behind a 25-win season. While maintaining at least a 3.0 team grade-point-average and having a Hockey East best 14 student-athletes named to the Hockey East All-Academic team, the hockey team was ranked first nationally in November of 2011 and was ranked all season for the first time ever.
In the midst of completely rebuilding the Merrimack women’s basketball program, LeBlanc’s program was ranked 12th nationally among all Division II women’s basketball teams with a 3.53 team GPA last season. Under LeBlanc’s guidance, her team also received the department’s Community Service Award in 2011-12 for their volunteer work for building residences in Lawrence.