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Hockey Coaching Search Thread

thechuck_2112thechuck_2112 Wealthy Alum
edited March 19 in Ice Hockey
I'm bored at work, so let's talk possible hockey coaching candidates!

I have no inside info of any kind, but here are names that were mentioned in the other thread, along with little resumes.  Feel free to add.

CHRIS BERGERON
Playing career:
1989-1993: Miami
1993-2000: minors (highest was AHL)

Coaching career:
2000-2010: assistant, Miami (two Frozen Fours)
2010-present: head coach, Bowling Green

Miami connections: played and coached here, obviously

DAVE HAKSTOL
Playing career:
1989-1992: North Dakota
1992-1996: minors (all in IHL)

Coaching career:
1996-2000: head coach, Sioux City (USHL)
2000-2004: assistant, North Dakota (one NCAA title)
2004-2015: head coach, North Dakota (seven Frozen Fours and one NCAA title)
2015-2018: head coach, Philadelphia (NHL)

Miami connections: none really

NATE LEAMAN
Playing career:
1993-1997: SUNY Cortland

Coaching career:
1998-1999: volunteer assistant, Maine (one NCAA title)
1999-2003: assistant, Harvard
2003-2010: head coach, Union
2010-present: head coach, Providence (one NCAA title)

Miami connections: was an assistant to former Miami coach Mark Mazzoleni at Harvard; grew up in Centerville
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Comments

  • 19goSkins19goSkins Senior Barfly
    I would be thrilled with any of the 3!
  • redhawk11redhawk11 Wealthy Alum
    This is my first hockey coaching search thread. I've been through 3 football and 2 basketball.
    AORedHawk33Bash_RiprockThe_SackmanLove_and_HonorMHT_Meme_Team
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    edited March 19
    Jeff Blashill
    Played for Ferris State
    Assistant coach at Miami from 2002-2008
    Head coach/GM for Indiana Ice 2008-2009: USHL Champions
    Head Coach at Western Michigan 2010-2011 (NCAA berth)
    Grand Rapids Griffins head coach 2011-2015 (Calder Cup champions)
    Detroit Red Wings Head coach: 2015-present

    Maz
  • JiveHawkJiveHawk Wealthy Alum
    Someone mentioned the current Providence coach is from Centerville. Not sure if he's looking to relocate back home though.
  • dave67dave67 Wealthy Alum
    Providence not assured of playoffs yet. May be on outside looking in. Depends upon league playoffs screwing with the pairwise.
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    TruckCrew said:

    Jeff Blashill
    Played for Ferris State
    Assistant coach at Miami from 2002-2008
    Head coach/GM for Indiana Ice 2008-2009: USHL Champions
    Head Coach at Western Michigan 2010-2011 (NCAA berth)
    Grand Rapids Griffins head coach 2011-2015 (Calder Cup champions)
    Detroit Red Wings Head coach: 2015-present

    Why the lol, @Maz? Red Wings aside that’s a pretty impressive resume.
  • gentbaseball12gentbaseball12 Off-Campus Slummer
    TruckCrew said:

    TruckCrew said:

    Jeff Blashill
    Played for Ferris State
    Assistant coach at Miami from 2002-2008
    Head coach/GM for Indiana Ice 2008-2009: USHL Champions
    Head Coach at Western Michigan 2010-2011 (NCAA berth)
    Grand Rapids Griffins head coach 2011-2015 (Calder Cup champions)
    Detroit Red Wings Head coach: 2015-present

    Why the lol, @Maz? Red Wings aside that’s a pretty impressive resume.
    Because he makes 800k in the NHL and is about to get a contract extension?
  • TruckCrewTruckCrew Wealthy Alum
    Huh. I figured the abysmal record had him on the hot seat up there. Carry on.
  • greggie76greggie76 Havighurstite
    Is all the Assistant coaches gone to
  • gentbaseball12gentbaseball12 Off-Campus Slummer
    TruckCrew said:

    Huh. I figured the abysmal record had him on the hot seat up there. Carry on.

    In your defense I thought he had already been fired there.
  • JWagsJWags Havighurstite
    I’d love Hakstol. Provided he’s not getting another NHL job, I think Rico salary is pretty in-line with what he made at UND. He has the pedigree and chops
  • HawksVoxHawksVox Summer Orientee
    TruckCrew said:

    Jeff Blashill Assistant coach at Miami from 2002-2008 

    Jeff's wife, Erica, is also a former Miami athletics marketing director who was a very happy Oxford resident while they were here. I'd have to believe she would like to return if the option of his staying in Detroit was removed. I'd welcome any of the men mentioned above.
    Professor_Fate
  • Love_and_HonorLove_and_Honor Wealthy Alum
    You mean we're not gonna Google "best power play in NCAA hockey" and hire their mid level assistant?
    redhawk11QuinoaburgerMooreHawkJCook32JiveHawkThe_Sackman
  • DanRedhawkDanRedhawk Summer Orientee
    edited March 19
    CASEY JONES
    Playing Career:
    1986-1987: Cornell University

    Coaching Career:
    1991-1993: Assistant Coach, Cornell (ECAC)
    1994-1995: Assistant Coach, Clarkson (ECAC)
    1995-2008: Assistant Coach, Ohio State (CCHA)
    2009-2001: Assistant Coach, Cornell (ECAC)
    2011-2019: Head Coach, Clarkson (ECAC)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: Great Recruiter / .608 last four years at Clarkson / 2-Straight NCAAs


    GRANT POTULNY
    Playing Career:
    2000-2004: Minnesota (WCHA)
    2004-2009: AHL / DEL

    Coaching Career:
    2009-2017: Assistant Coach, Minnesota (WCHA / BigTen)
    2017-2019: Head Coach, Northern Michigan (WCHA)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: 46-31-5 in two years at NMU (.591) / Reported 250K Salary - 270K buyout / 2 Nat. Titles as player at MN, 1 runner-up as asst. coach


    RICK BENNETT
    Playing Career:
    1986-1990: Providence College (H-East)
    1989-1999: NHL (15 G - NYR), AHL, IHL, ECHL
    1996-97: Roller Hockey (RHI)

    Coaching Career:
    2000-2005: Assistant Coach, Providence (H-East)
    2005-2011: Assistant Coach, Union (ECAC)
    2011-2019: Head Coach, Union (ECAC)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: '86 3rd-Round Pick Minnesota North Stars / 178-97-38 at Union (.629) / 3 RS Titles, 3 Tourn. Titles, 4 NCAAs - 1 NT, 2 FF / Has been mentioned in a number of recent searches 


    FRED HARBINSON
    Playing Career:
    1992-1993: Wisconsin-Superior (NCHA)

    Coaching Career:
    1995-1996: Assistant Coach, Wisconsin Superior (NCHA)
    1999-2000: Head Coach, Fernie Ghostriders (AWHL) - 46-8-0 (.852)
    2000-2001: Assistant Coach, Sioux City (USHL)
    2002-2007: Assistant Coach, St. Cloud State (WCHA)
    2007-2019: Head Coach, Penticton Vees (BCHL) - 527-164-17-42 (.742)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: Attracts big-time talent to Penticton / Extended through 2023-24 / 3-Time BCHL Coach of the Year / 4 Regular Season Titles / 5 Interior Division Titles / 4 Fred Page Cups (Playoffs) / 1 RBC Cup (National Jr. A)


    BILL MUCKALT
    Playing Career:
    1994-1998: Michigan (CCHA)
    1998-2004: NHL (256 G), AHL

    Coaching Career:
    2010-2011: Head Coach, New Mexico Mustangs (NAHL)
    2011-2015: Assistant Coach, Michigan Tech (WCHA)
    2015-2017: Head Coach, Tri-City Storm (USHL) - 49-46-0-25 (.513)
    2017-2019: Assistant Coach, Michigan (BigTen)

    Miami Connections: Coached Brian Hawkinson @ Tri-Cities
    Notes: Won USHL Championship in 2015-16 / '94 9th-round pick of Vancouver Canucks / First-Team West All-American and two-time National Champion at Michigan


    JERRY KEEFE
    Playing Career:
    1996-2000: Providence College (H-East)
    2000-2004: AHL, ECHL, Europe

    Coaching Career:
    2006-2008: Assistant Coach, UMass-Boston (ECAC-E)
    2009-2011: Assistant Coach, Brown (ECAC)
    2011-2012: Assistant Coach, Northeastern (H-East)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: Elite Recruiting Reputation / Hobey Baker winner Adam Gaudette among recruits to Northeastern / 3 NCAA Tournaments in 4 years for NU / Two-straight Beanpots / Began pro-career with Cincinnati in the AHL


    STEVE MILLER
    Playing Career:
    1984-1985: Madison Capitols (USHL)

    Coaching Career:
    1990-1991: Assistant Coach, St. Mary's - Minnesota (MIAC)
    1991-1994: Assistant Coach, Miami University (CCHA)
    1995-2014: Assistant Coach, University of Denver (WCHA/NCHC)
    2014-2015: Assistant Coach, Providence College (H-East)
    2017-2019: Assistant Coach, Ohio State (BigTen)

    Miami Connections: Miami Asst, 1991-1994
    Notes: Coached in 17 NCAA Tournaments / 3 National TItles / 8 Conference Titles / GREAT RECRUITER / May not be interested (rumored) in being more than an Assistant / Exceptional recruiting reputation


    RON ROLSTON
    Playing Career:
    1986-89: Michigan Tech (WCHA)
    1989-90: ECHL

    Coaching Career:
    1990-1995: Assistant Coach, Lake Superior (CCHA)
    1996-1999: Assistant Coach, Clarkson (ECAC)
    1999-2002: Assistant Coach, Harvard (ECAC)
    2002-2004: Assistant Coach, Boston College (H-East)
    2004-2011: Head Coach, US NTDP
    2011-2013: Head Coach, Rochestern Americans (AHL) - 79-55-18 (.579)
    2012-2014: Head Coach, Buffalo Sabres (NHL) - 19-26-6 (.373)
    2015-2016: Head Coach, Springfield Falcons (AHL) - 26-42-8 (.395)
    2017-2018: Assistant Coach, Providence College (H-East)

    Miami Connections: NONE
    Notes: 3 U-18 Gold Medals / Gold & Bronze in U-17 / Coached on two WJC staffs - Bronze in 2007

  • yanksalexyanksalex Wealthy Alum
    Ryan Pedon.
    ChiefPanic
  • NickskinNickskin Wealthy Alum
    Kevyn Adams - PROFILE.

    ---or...

    Ryan Pedon
  • 19goSkins19goSkins Senior Barfly
    Rick Bennett’s Roller Hockey playing days would translate well
    The_Sackman
  • DanRedhawkDanRedhawk Summer Orientee
    edited March 20
    One more name to consider - a more short term solution, but one who would likely keep Mannino (and thus many of the touted young recruits), could attract current Ohio State (and long-time Denver) ace-recruiter Steve Miller to a similar position at Miami, boasts a national championship pedigree and has strong ties to the university - might be former Miami and Denver coach George Gwozdecky...

    Gwozdecky is currently coaching a Colorado prep school and has won back-to-back state titles...

    He won at least 20 games in 21 of 27 seasons coaching college hockey, including each of his last 12 years at DU, and is a two-time National Championship head coach.

    He would have to take the job of his recently terminated former player and assistant to return to Miami, though...
  • ShutoutShutout Summer Orientee
    I happen to work with Nate Leaman's mother and doubt Nate Leaman would leave Providence for Miami. He is quite settled in at Providence. He is married with young kids and believe his wife's parents live out East nearby. A couple years ago he interviewed for NHL head coaching position with the Colorado Avalanche but ended up telling them he was not interested as did not want to leave Providence.

    I kind of like the idea of Gwozdecky coming back. He totally wasn't even on my radar of potential candidates.
  • RenmancoRenmanco Wealthy Alum
    As much as "who," perhaps an equally interesting question is "when" as in how long will it take for AD Sayler to pull the trigger.

    Thankfully, Bates isn't in charge because his list of people to call would be mind-numbing....as would the likely result.
  • levellevel Summer Orientee
    Elsewhere I’ve seen the name Dean Stork.
  • MUHawk84MUHawk84 Wealthy Alum
    edited March 20
    Why don't we just have Chuck Martin coach the hockey team as well? In all seriousness though, I wonder if any of the Penn State assistants are head coach ready; their program has absolutely shot out of a cannon recently.
  • JiveHawkJiveHawk Wealthy Alum
    MUHawk84 said:

    Why don't we just have Chuck Martin coach the hockey team as well? In all seriousness though, I wonder if any of the Penn State assistants are head coach ready; their program has absolutely shot out of a cannon recently.

    Not because of coaching skill, but money. And not just money going to the program...
  • JohnnyMacJohnnyMac Wealthy Alum
    JiveHawk said:

    MUHawk84 said:

    Why don't we just have Chuck Martin coach the hockey team as well? In all seriousness though, I wonder if any of the Penn State assistants are head coach ready; their program has absolutely shot out of a cannon recently.

    Not because of coaching skill, but money. And not just money going to the program...
    What does THAT mean?
  • mollauttmollautt Wealthy Alum
    =>If Miami was OHIO U. we would have a hawkey coach already.

    (For @NickSkin)
  • JiveHawkJiveHawk Wealthy Alum
    JohnnyMac said:

    JiveHawk said:

    MUHawk84 said:

    Why don't we just have Chuck Martin coach the hockey team as well? In all seriousness though, I wonder if any of the Penn State assistants are head coach ready; their program has absolutely shot out of a cannon recently.

    Not because of coaching skill, but money. And not just money going to the program...
    What does THAT mean?
    I think it's well known hockey recruiting is one of the worst when it comes to following NCAA rules. Kids commit at 14/15 and schools are competing against the CHL, which actually gives kids some money.
  • The_SackmanThe_Sackman Wealthy Alum
    JohnnyMac said:

    JiveHawk said:

    MUHawk84 said:

    Why don't we just have Chuck Martin coach the hockey team as well? In all seriousness though, I wonder if any of the Penn State assistants are head coach ready; their program has absolutely shot out of a cannon recently.

    Not because of coaching skill, but money. And not just money going to the program...
    What does THAT mean?
    Joe knew.
  • mollauttmollautt Wealthy Alum
    mollautt said:

    =>If Miami was OHIO U. we would have a hawkey coach already.

    (For @NickSkin)

  • LurkerLurker Summer Orientee
    I know people view Bergeron as our savior, but I'm not 100% sold. His style of grinder, defensive play at BUGS is not going to work for us in the NCHC.  Now a lot of this is dictated by who he can recruit.  He's never going to get blue chippers to play in the WCHA but he gets the most out of the guys he does bring in.  The unknown in my mind is whether he tries to bring that style here (bad idea) or if he can adapt his coaching and recruiting to the fast, highly skilled NCHC (big unknown).  While I wouldn't be upset if he came home, I find other names posted her more intriguing.

    Back to lurking...
    level
  • rexjack53rexjack53 Senior Barfly
    Must have a coach who can recruit. Miami's conference record the last 3 seasons prove the team didn't have the talent as a team to compete in the NCHC.

    Team had some great players, just not enough of them. 
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