Quinnipiac hockey’s Rand Pecknold preps to throw out first pitch at Yankee Stadium

(WTNH)–Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold has coached in two national championship games, and his team has played in front of some huge crowds.

But next Monday night, he may be on the biggest stage of his life. He’s throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.

“I’m honored to have the New York Yankees, one of the greatest franchises in the world–to get on that field and throw out the first pitch, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Pecknold is being honored for being named NCAA hockey’s National Coach of the Year.

Like any coach, as soon as he learned of this honor, he immediately started to prepare. News 8 was there when he threw his first bullpen session with Quinnipiac baseball coach Dan Gooley.

“He’s got good action on his fastball,” Gooley said. “Nobody was gonna hit today thank god, but he’s a pretty athletic guy.”

Gooley did not miss a thing. He went over every little detail.

“It felt comfortable. I felt better, and I actually got on a mound which I hadn’t been on in about 35 years so that was a unique experience,” Pecknold said.

With all of that practice, you’d better not bounce it, Rand.

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