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  • #16
    Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    Now that the season's over, UVM should be able to ramp up the coach search.

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    • #17
      Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

      Originally posted by UVM Cat in Texas View Post
      Now that the season's over, UVM should be able to ramp up the coach search.
      Iona just announced that they hired Rick Pitino as head basketball coach, so schools are thinking about these things despite the coronavirus. Hopefully UVM is too.

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      • #18
        Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

        Wouldn't be surprised if UVM makes a run at Utica coach Gary Heenan. Not going to break the bank, but he has unfinished business at UC after being #1 overall seed in D3 tourney, 20 game winning streak and losing only 4 seniors.

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        • #19
          Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

          Originally posted by capswon View Post
          Wouldn't be surprised if UVM makes a run at Utica coach Gary Heenan. Not going to break the bank, but he has unfinished business at UC after being #1 overall seed in D3 tourney, 20 game winning streak and losing only 4 seniors.
          I don't get the fascination with this guy...I'm not knocking his accomplishments and the Cats could use some good actual coaching but the guy has been there 17 years and he's been good...but not setting the world on fire and hasn't coached above D3 in his life and I do think that matters in this day and age it is a totally different world out there with how you evaluate talent and recruit it. At least when Princeton hired Fogarty he had years of previous D1 experience as an assistant before being at Adrian but Princeton under him outside that one year run to the NCAAs has not been good.

          Would be interesting to hear how the actual search is going there hasn't been a peep from media or anything I've seen and that could be because UVM keeps it close to the vest but stuff always leaks out.

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          • #20
            Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

            If there's anyone out there with a subscription to this site out there can you let us know if this article has any actual new info or is it just talking about coaching changes in general? https://www.hockeyjournal.com/colleg...hanges-coming/

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            • #21
              Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

              I know its a global pandemic and that could bring up some barriers but this is the only coaching job open in all of college hockey and not a peep from the hockey writers on this site or elsewhere not to mention nothing from the likes of WCAX and Channel 5? Not like the sportscasters there have anything else to report on...does anyone worry we're just going to end up with Jeff Hill as coach for a year?

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              • #22
                Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                Originally posted by Charlie Catamount View Post
                I know its a global pandemic and that could bring up some barriers but this is the only coaching job open in all of college hockey and not a peep from the hockey writers on this site or elsewhere not to mention nothing from the likes of WCAX and Channel 5? Not like the sportscasters there have anything else to report on...does anyone worry we're just going to end up with Jeff Hill as coach for a year?
                I do worry. Hopefully things are happening that we're not aware of but, unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me if UVM was a day late and a dollar short. Let's hope they can get this right.

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                • #23
                  Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                  Originally posted by Charlie Catamount View Post
                  I know its a global pandemic and that could bring up some barriers but this is the only coaching job open in all of college hockey and not a peep from the hockey writers on this site or elsewhere not to mention nothing from the likes of WCAX and Channel 5? Not like the sportscasters there have anything else to report on...does anyone worry we're just going to end up with Jeff Hill as coach for a year?
                  Cox thinks Lang from AIC. Huge fan if true

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                  • #24
                    Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                    Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                    Cox thinks Lang from AIC. Huge fan if true

                    https://twitter.com/JeffCoxSports/st...54231327395841
                    Hopefully it is but until it's a done deal and I would like to know who these other finalists are and this person is just guessing not reporting so even if he's a connected person anyone could have guessed that because many of us here were guessing it. I will say I'm encouraged they have targeted a head coach that has rebuilt a historcally very bad program and if that can translate up a level UVM will be in good hands. Would be nice if there was a bit more clarity from the local media and reporting and not having a tweet that might be a speculative hunch.

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                    • #25
                      Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                      The link to the twitter page does not work any more...was it deleted??
                      Lang would be good hire I think but if it has been deleted maybe means it is not true! Better hope whoever it is makes a good hire if that news come out and it is not Lang because then it is another case of UVM picking the wrong man for the job!!

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                      • #26
                        Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                        Originally posted by pokecheckguy2 View Post
                        The link to the twitter page does not work any more...was it deleted??
                        Lang would be good hire I think but if it has been deleted maybe means it is not true! Better hope whoever it is makes a good hire if that news come out and it is not Lang because then it is another case of UVM picking the wrong man for the job!!
                        Tweet was deleted but seems he is a front runner. McMahon has a few other candidates noted on his twitter now (& also confirmed COVID slowed things down)...Ellsworth (Norwich), Mark Dennehy (Bing Devils, ex-Merrimack/Fairfield), Lang, Ron Rolston (Prov asst, iirc; former Sabres/AHL coach), and Ducharme (UVM alum, Habs assistant, won a Mem Cup with Halifax). https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/s...790330368?s=19

                        Dennehy I'm iffy on (though he did have Mack punching above its weight for a while), the rest are all solid IMO...seems like the AD is on the right track.
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                        • #27
                          Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                          https://www.collegehockeynews.com/ne...n-Vermonts.php

                          Lang looks like front runner....Ellsworth is out.....Donít like the thought of Grillo


                          https://www.masslive.com/sports/2020/03/aics-eric-lang-named-coach-of-the-year-by-atlantic-hockey-league-for-second-straight-year.html?outputType=amp
                          Last edited by newuvmarena; 03-26-2020, 11:26 PM.

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                          • #28
                            Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                            Originally posted by newuvmarena View Post
                            https://www.collegehockeynews.com/ne...n-Vermonts.php

                            Lang looks like front runner....Ellsworth is out.....Donít like the thought of Grillo


                            https://www.masslive.com/sports/2020...outputType=amp
                            Yeah IMO it goes Lang, Rolston, gap, Grillo.
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                            • #29
                              Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                              Lang would be my choice. Glad to know that both Ducharme and St. Louis were approached. Both apparently declined, with St. Louis recommending Eric Perrin or Grillo for the job. It does tell me UVM is doing its due diligence though, which is great.

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                              • #30
                                Re: 2020 UVM offseason: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

                                I agree, it sounds like they are going through the right process. Was hoping against hope that maybe Ducharme would be interested, but that was a long shot.

                                If we get Lang, it feels to me like that would be a win. My only concern is he built the success at AIC on international recruiting. While I have no problem with that, I think we will need more than that to be successful in Hockey East. But we've had some hits in that area with Stalberg and others.

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