Thunder coach McClelland gets one-year contract extention

05/13/2014 6:47 PM

05/13/2014 6:48 PM

The Wichita Thunder announced a one-year contract extension for coach Kevin McClelland through the 2015-16 season.

McCelland, 51, has led the Thunder to the CHL Finals twice in his four seasons as coach in Wichita, but the team missed the playoffs this season, finishing 27-30-9. He has been chosen CHL Coach of the Year twice in his 10-year coaching career, including 2012 with the Thunder. He ranks sixth all-time in the CHL in wins (331) and seventh in games coached (584).

McClelland has a 144-94-26 record in 264 regular-season games with the Thunder.

“My family and I are very excited to be a part of the city and a part of this organization for the next two seasons,” McClelland said in a statement released by the team. “Wichita has been a great experience for us over the last four years and I can’t wait to get back to the ice in October. Thank you to the Steven brothers and GM Joel T. Lomurno for showing their confidence in me. Thank you to the fans for their tremendous support. We have the best fans in the league and I will do my best to bring this city a championship.”

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