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majority of teams wind up their seasons, there hasn't been
much in the way of Division I head coaching changes, which
is good news for the nation's bench bosses. Clarkson's recent
hiring of Oswego State's George Roll leaves a single vacancy
– the one created by Mike Sertich when he announced
his retirement from Michigan Tech last month.
powers that be in Houghton search for the right person to
continue the rebuilding program Sertich started at Tech,
Inside College Hockey compiled a list of candidates we feel
might be a good fit for the Huskies. Remember, this is just
speculation on the part of the INCH staff supplemented with
input from others in the college hockey world and not an
FRONT-RUNNERS (in alphabetical order)
Columbus Blue Jackets
been in the professional game for some time, but he may
be interested in returning to Houghton where he was coach
from 1990-92. The Blue Jackets whacked head coach Dave
King earlier this season; general manager Doug MacLean
has been behind the bench since. The uncertainty of both
the new regime in Columbus and the impending labor disagreement
in the NHL could weigh on Brown’s mind.
only was Mancini bench boss at Tech from 1992-96, but
he still resides in the Houghton area. He was relatively
successful, too, guiding the Huskies to a fourth-place
finish in the WCHA in 1992-93 – the team’s
best showing of the last 15 years – and engineering
the stunning upset of Colorado College in the first round
of the 1994 league tournament. He’s also the last
man to lead Tech to a winning season.
endorsed him for the job when announcing his retirement.
A legend in Germany due to his long playing career there,
Huskies players rave about his ability to teach. The only
drawback – Maroste has just two years of coaching
experience, both alongside Sertich behind the Tech bench.
Green Bay (USHL)
Gamblers' head coach since 1997, Osiecki led the team
to four straight USHL Eastern Division titles from 1999-2002,
a league first, and the 1999 Clark Cup as USHL playoff
championships. A former North Dakota assistant, the list
of players Osiecki has sent to the college ranks includes
Colorado College's Tom Preissing, Stephen Bâby of
Cornell and Yale's Josh Gartner.
Michigan Tech alum, he’s got loads of experience
as an assistant at Lake Superior State, Clarkson, Harvard
and now Boston College. He’s well respected in the
college ranks and ready for his shot. Rolston also has
international experience, most recently as an assistant
coach for the U.S. team at the 2003 IIHF World Junior
been mentioned for a few jobs in the past and was one
of three finalists for the Northern Michigan job last
year, only to lose out to Walt Kyle. Shyiak, an excellent
recruiter, is chomping at the bit for a head coaching
LONG SHOTS (in alphabetical order)
did a great job with the Bulldogs this season, but Michigan
Tech has a better history, better facilities and plays
in the higher-profile WCHA. After Ferris' run this season,
however, he's acheived legendary status in Big Rapids.
was a hot commodity last season after guiding the Nanooks
to a top-half finish in the CCHA and a trip to the Super
Six championship. UAF experienced a slight drop-off this
season, but finished the season strong. If he can lure
recruits to the top of the world, he could certainly do
the same in Houghton.
made it to the top of the mountain with the Gophers last
season and could do it again this year. Even though he
was a candidate for the Minnesota-Duluth position that
was eventually filled by Scott Sandelin, he seems content
in the Twin Cities
New York Islanders
former Lake Superior State and U.S. Under-18 team coach
was axed by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League
earlier this season. Insiders say he yearns to return
to the college game, but he may not be the best fit for
Michigan Tech’s needs and vice versa.
associate coach, Pearson was passed over for the Tech
job in 1996 in favor of Tim Watters. Yet another MTU alum,
he’s the heir apparent to take over at Michigan
once Red Berenson retires, but it would behoove Huskies
brass to make a courtesy call.
Miller, Denver assistant; Steve Rohlik, Minnesota-Duluth
assistant; Jamie Russell, Cornell assistant; Brad Willner,
St. Cloud State assistant.
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