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  • Originally posted by Darius View Post
    Season ticket holders only. Very exclusive club.

    Pricing and benefits (early schedule access not noted) here: https://unhwildcats.com/sports/2020/...n-Tickets.aspx
    You are correct, exclusive club indeed!
    GO BLUE!

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    • Ok just finished watching DAR's introduction speech and my first impression still stands - underwhelmed. Lacks any real charisma and seems happy she's attained her goal as an AD (ok, can't blame her on that, but probably wouldn't have mentioned it). Said she would be "monitoring" her staff, but then corrected herself to say "mentor", Freudian slip maybe? Also mentions law, sports law, and doing things "the right way" multiple times (didn't realize they've been doing it wrong). No mention of any sports experience in her past as either a coach or player. On a scale of 1 to 10 on the excitement meter, I give her a 3. Time will tell, hope I am wrong and have to eat crow!
      Last edited by d.gerry; 07-14-2022, 03:46 PM.
      GO BLUE!

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      • Nothing of real substance in the presser. 10 minute boiler plate prepared statement and no questions taken. Not going to say I disagree with what was said but I was hoping for a little more interaction, even if the press on hand would not look to make waves. I was hoping to hear about some specific vision as opposed to just the general glow of the school and her new role. I guess it will be as simple as actions will be what have to speak loudly for the future.

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        • UNH Athletic Director Allison Rich Introductory Press Conference



          Press conference starts at 16:11 in video
          Last edited by New Hampshire 'Cats Fan; 07-14-2022, 04:02 PM.

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          • Not the best public speaker, not the worst either. Overall a neutral impression. That’s fine. There was an administrative/legal/changing times theme. The one thing, the only thing that jumped out was President Dean’s referencing “critical changes”.
            I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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            • Originally posted by Darius View Post
              Not the best public speaker, not the worst either. Overall a neutral impression. That’s fine. There was an administrative/legal/changing times theme. The one thing, the only thing that jumped out was President Dean’s referencing “critical changes”.
              As the saying goes actions speak louder than words..so let's see what she does in her inaugural year...She HAS to know that there's something amiss in the once proud premiere program..just dawned on me that if we don't make the Regionals (heck even the Garden) this season it will be TEN YEARS.

              So in case anyone thinks I am all in you should know I am just as hopeful as any other fan and have big expectations things make a change to the better!!
              Last edited by HockeyRef; 07-14-2022, 05:14 PM.
              Here we go 'Cats!!

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              • WMUR reported on and interviewed Dr. Rich just now. Her official start date is July 25 so it is okay she is not yet in the athletics staff directory. Reporting from Wildcat Stadium, the video shot background shows that part of the old seating, the end towards the soccer pitch has been removed and some construction is underway. Anyone know what’s up with that?
                I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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                • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post

                  As the saying goes actions speak louder than words..so let's see what she does in her inaugural year...She HAS to know that there's something amiss in the once proud premiere program..just dawned on me that if we don't make the Regionals (heck even the Garden) this season it will be TEN YEARS.

                  So in case anyone thinks I am all in you should know I am just as hopeful as any other fan and have big expectations things make a change to the better!!
                  You should send that stat to the athletic department. Pretty sure a hot ticket market doesn’t exist for a team that can’t make the top 16.

                  Just don’t expect a response. I’m still waiting and will have to follow up tomorrow

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                  • Originally posted by d.gerry View Post

                    You are correct, exclusive club indeed!
                    I have my pdf of tickets that I now need to print in my own but never even looked at them. So my $20 convenience fee for paying for tickets with no schedule now includes print your own.

                    it gets better every day

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                    • Originally posted by norbert View Post

                      I have my pdf of tickets that I now need to print in my own but never even looked at them. So my $20 convenience fee for paying for tickets with no schedule now includes print your own.

                      it gets better every day
                      Gone are the days of custom tickets for season ticket holders. Print your own, priceless!
                      GO BLUE!

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                      • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
                        She HAS to know that there's something amiss in the once proud premiere program..
                        \

                        Reading the pretty generic comments, she at least mentions soccer, skiing and swimming as leading programs, and then says hockey, football and basketball need assistance. What form that would take is unsaid. Obviously football has a new coach, but the other two sports, to be mentioned as laggers is ** hopeful**.

                        https://youtu.be/dMk3LxNb39c?t=1620 (at 27:10 mark)

                        I can't stress enough that she is new and unfamiliar with the UNH issues. Sending an email to her to give your POV would undoubtedly be welcomed by her. If you support change, explain why you think so, as she may not know how each program came to be where it is at.

                        You don't even have to go all Greg A:

                        Greg A replied to UNH Wildcats TD Garden and Beyond 2015
                        in Men's Division I
                        06-10-2015, 12:03 PM
                        Re: UNH Wildcats TD Garden and Beyond 2015

                        Originally posted by Felger View Post
                        "However, Hartford Courant scribe Mike Anthony added an interesting twist to the plot Wednesday morning, reporting that Souza would be the head coach in waiting at UNH. It has bee speculated that longtime Wildcat bench boss Dick Umile would be retiring after the 2016-17 season."

                        http://sportsfire.net/souza-leaves-uconn-for-unh/
                        I can't believe that this is true, that when the hiring of Souza is announced, it will also be announced that Umile will be retiring the year after next, to be replaced with someone with a record that is as thin as Souza's is. Mind you, I think Mike is a great guy, at least he was in all the interactions I had with him back when he was a player. And I do think he is an earnest, hard working, up-and-comer. But to think that he would be anointed the new coach would be mind boggling to me. It would lead me to ask Marty Scarano, what happened to the notion that you would only hire someone with Division 1 head coach experience? If Umile was going to designate someone as his successor, why wouldn't it be the man who has been his chief recruiter for the last 12 years rather than someone who is just establishing himself. Just doesn't make any sense.
                        Last edited by NCAA watcher; 07-15-2022, 08:17 AM.
                        The Umile legacy:
                        14-15 8th place,
                        15-16 10th place
                        16-17 10th place
                        17-18 11th place
                        18-19 8th place
                        19-20 9th place
                        20-21 10th place
                        21-22 9th place

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                        • Press conference was standard B-level boilerplate stuff, nothing to get excited about, either way.

                          The proof will be in the pudding, as the new AD sorts through the debris and makes decisions.

                          FWIW AD Rich did mention the recruiting firm UNH used to find her. We now finally have some insight into the high-flyer who played such a "pivotal" role in the Chicago Bulls' Jordan-era title run (lol) ...

                          Glenn Sugiyama - DHR Global

                          Inside the secret world of college football headhunters (chicagotribune.com)
                          Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                          Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                          • Well, I’ve been watching the events unfold over the past ten days from across the pond, and rather than respond in one-off comments, I thought I’d batch it up into a final post, as I’m going to make an exit after this (unfortunately long, sorry!) reply. When I joined 20 years ago, it was a great place to learn and connect. Now, I just don’t know what to make of it, and I think it’s best to find other outlets.

                            First, I want to start with the likes of DB62, Norbert, ATW, D. Gerry, HR, etc. Folks, I can’t even begin to explain how much your experiences with the Athletics crew are ****ing me off. I too share your pain as both a long-term FB and Hockey STH. The processes/workflows, the communication, etc., leave SO much to be desired. As I mentioned previously, I tried addressing this directly with a relatively senior member of the staff, and I just don’t get why they don’t see the light. I am hopeful that AD Rich can whip some people into shape. If I never get an email with a title like “Johnny Sharpskates Has 21:04 TOI against Sacred Heart In Wildcat’s 8-0 Loss”, I will be more than pleased.

                            (As an aside, I missed a call from the new AD prior to the announcement, but we agreed to meet when I get back Stateside. I absolutely plan to drive on the specifics here as they are just so objectionable.)

                            My recommendation to you guys as STH’s (if you’ve chosen to renew) would be to attend the BBQ and have the direct discussion with the new AD as I know she will be there. As an alternative, I think Watcher’s recommendation of a polite but firm email would hopefully go a long way. Maybe even a group one, I don’t know – either way, I’m glad to sign on with you – HR knows how to reach me. I’d also be willing to help broker a live or Zoom discussion, if you’d like. Again, as I’m exiting, let HR know and I’ll get right to work on that.

                            (Watcher, I don’t know why you suggested Chuck send an email. I remember distinctly him twittering like a pre-teen when he “almost bumped into Scarano” at a hockey game. Take it up with Marty face-to-face, like an adult? Nope, not Chuck – he’d prefer to rant endlessly on a message board. So he hid from Marty instead.)

                            Next topic – the notion of an administrative type becoming the AD. News flash…. The days of coaches in particular, and players to a lesser extent, becoming AD’s are rapidly dwindling. The idea of a Coach/AD combo is so laughingly anachronistic that it can’t possibly be taken seriously. Not at the D1 level, especially. The ranks of AD’s at the D1 level who were previously coaches is in the low-to-mid-teens percentage-wise and shrinking rapidly. Barry Alvarez is (was) a dying breed.

                            With regards to former players becoming AD’s, that is also less than half and also shrinking. Given that there is a large intersection between former coaches ALSO being former players, it would be pretty easy to surmise that at a minimum, a plurality of AD’s, if not a small majority, have neither coaching or playing experience. And directionally, that remains a significant trend. One of the things learned during the search was that an increasing number of schools are looking outside of academia AND athletics for people who can simply run the show, period. Often times a successful alumnus/alumna or someone with ties to the school in general.

                            The fact that our new AD has over 27 years of experience in college athletics (more than either of our previous two AD’s, if I’m not mistaken), should be seen as a positive. The fact that she’s spent those years with programs that are bigger, better funded and more prestigious than ours should also give us some comfort.

                            Next topic – AD Rich is somehow just a compliance person. I don’t even know where to start with this one. Folks, everyone who reaches the top of a profession typically comes with an advanced specialty in one of the areas for which he/she will be responsible. It’s just how it works. What’s great here is that she happens to be very widely respected for that specialty, while at the same time having demonstrated experience in virtually all ofthe other key components that an AD needs to be effective. All it takes is a quick Google search to realize that saying she’s just a compliance person is completely intellectually dishonest.

                            Next topic – Focus on performance. Again, I’m just shaking my head. We should thank heavens that our president is a former college athlete, who knows that the importance of athletic success in determining the fate of a university goes WAY BEYOND the playing field. In his highly aspirational goal of becoming a top-tier public university, he knows the criticality of making progress with underperforming programs as a means tobolster the UNH brand writ large. As the unbelievable demographic challenges in enrollment take hold over the next 3-5 years, EVERY component of UNH needs to be humming to attract incoming freshmen. He knows this – he and others are watching as schools like UMass take our students (even our NH residents) in droves. Does anyone honestly believe that AD Rich does not see it in her purview to return our former flagship program(s) to their previous heights?

                            Next topic – the search itself. I see that Chuck has made my point as strongly as ever by posting Glenn’s CV and a really good article about him. I, and many others, are darn glad he led this search. And then Chuck went on to try to claim that I said he played a pivotal role in the Bull’s championship run. No, I didn’t. I said he was a member of the Chicago Bulls BoD at 27, and that he wasn’t fetching paper clips. But when Chuck’s narrative gets destroyed (as it so often has over the years, and so plainly over the last four months), he HAS to change the narrative. It’s the same lack of maturity my three-year-old uses on me when I catch him doing something shifty.

                            Weird next topic – the use of sock puppets in this forum. We have one member who has made it a habit of using sock puppets repeatedly for a variety of purposes. Sometimes, they are intended as funny (whether they are or not is in the eye of the reader), but recently, and more pathetically, some have been introduced to a) agree violently with said poster; b) laugh hysterically at said poster’s comments; c) call attention to what said poster is doing in other areas of the Forum; or most recently, d) to help advance said poster’s narratives. It’s absolutely pathetic. Teenagers use sock puppets in forums to become more popular or to gang up on others. The fact that we have a much-older sock puppet creator in our midst is just so bafflingly weak that I can’t comprehend the sadness. Other posters have reached out to me as well about this person’s introduction of new and improved imaginary friends. Want proof? Take a look at a poster or two and what they’ve historically posted, especially those who have been around for a long time but only seem to come out in response to one poster. I actually think it’s forbidden in the Forum, but I would rather just watch this person make a consistent buffoon of themselves. By the way, search quickly – the minute I hit send on this, my guess is that the poster will start deleting their imaginary friends’ posts.

                            In closing, I will certainly miss the insights that folks like Dan, Darius, CHC and Watcher bring to the table. Thanks for being such wellsprings of great info – much appreciated. I have always been close with HR, and look forward to hearing any big news from her as it transpires. I also promise to feed any good tidbits back to her. AGAIN, I am as committed as anyone here to see this program get back on its feet in my lifetime. I’d love to be taking my two little boys (now 3 and 1) to the Garden - and heaven forbid, the NCAA’s - before they hit their indifferent teen years! I will say it again – if it makes sense to try to get a forum for direct interaction, I will do my best to help out there. Just let me know.

                            Give AD Rich a chance – I think we got a good one. We don’t need a showboat or a pretty talker – we need a humble and hard-working proven leader. And that’s what I mad many others believe she is.

                            Go ‘Cats!!! See you at the Whitt when I’m up North.
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                            • Wildcatdc, this is just so spot on, I am sure that many of us thank you so sincerely. Your detailed response was so well done and I believe just what some of us needed. My only addition to your comments would be that HE is so far from the HE of the glory years. Regional and national kids as well as legacy kids knew we were well worth considering at that point and we’re considered a prized destination. Most of us remember when todays new butt kickers where just not a real comparative. NE, UML, PC and UMass couldn’t get our kids and other than occasional upsets we could pencil in a win. The entire hockey world is different and it will take a lot of work, skill and luck to get back to that point. While certainly not satisfied I do feel we are tending up more the past 2 classes.
                              so thanks and while I understand your need to withdraw from an active role please don’t allow others to take control or pretending to always know what is best.

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                              • wildcatdc thanks for the work you've done promoting UNH athletics and in particular, the hockey program here and in the most recent AD search. I'll miss your POV and am so glad that we can connect...all the feels right back at you! Please let me know when you are going to be in the area. I'm lucky to have met you thanks for giving me the insight you always have and of course, the friendship. I look forward to meeting AD Rich at the barbecue to wish her well and to let her know there is a strong group who stay with it no matter what but we are hoping for positive outcomes in the very near future. Take good care and won't it be fun to see you and the boys at a future game at the TD....or beyond. Be well and take care-HR
                                Here we go 'Cats!!

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