Catching up: Serratore and Air Force

     This is a bit over two weeks old, but Coleraine native Frank Serratore, brother of Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore, has signed a five-year contract with the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Here’s some information from the Colorado Springs Gazette:

The Air Force Academy and hockey coach Frank Serratore agreed on a new five-year contract that runs through the 2013-14 season. The deal replaces a five-year deal signed last season. Further details were not disclosed.

”I’m honored that they think enough of me as a coach and mentor to the young athletes here at the academy that they choose to commit to keeping me around that long,” Serratore said. “We have a big responsibility here.”

Serratore, 52, has a 253-309-44 career mark for 17 years, the last 13 at Air Force. The Falcons, in the Division I tournament the last three years, are 6-5-3 in 2009-10. The Falcons have also won three straight Atlantic Hockey Association playoff championships.

“Frank has committed to building a successful program on and off the ice,” associate athletic director Dermot Coll said in a press release. “The success the team has had the last few years is a direct reflection of the hard work and effort he and his staff have put into this program. The Academy is proud of the team and coaches and all that they have accomplished on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.”