Names Corran A.D.
named Bob Corran, athletic director at Minnesota-Duluth
since 1997, its new athletic director Wednesday afternoon.
53, replaces Rick Farnham, who is retiring at the end of
June after an 11-year tenure. A former hockey coach at the
University of Windsor (Ontario), Corran will lead a department
at Vermont where hockey is the flagship program, despite
Catamounts have finished under .500 for six straight seasons,
including the 1999-2000 campaign that was canceled midway
through due to a team hazing scandal. They haven't finished
higher than ninth in the ECAC since 1996-97. They finished
third that season, one year after making an NCAA Frozen
Four appearance in 1996. Vermont was 13-20-3 (8-14-0 ECAC)
this year in head coach Mike Gilligan's 19th season.
came to UMD after 12 years at the University of Calgary.
During his six seasons in Duluth, Corran was responsible
for the dismissal of long-time hockey coach Mike Sertich
and the subsequent hiring of Scott Sandelin. He was a finalist
for the athletic director position at Maine earlier this
rise of women's hockey at UMD was the most notable achievement
under Corran's watch with the Bulldogs. Corran was responsible
for hiring fellow Calgary native Shannon Miller to start
a women's program at UMD in 1998. Miller, the coach of Team
Canada at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, has led the Bulldogs
to the last three consecutive NCAA Women's Frozen Four titles.
the on-ice success, Corran is widely believed to be unhappy
with the lack of progress toward getting a new on-campus
arena built at UMD. The Bulldog men and women play five
miles off campus in downtown Duluth, and share the WCHA's
oldest arena, the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.
of an on-campus facility has met with stringent opposition
from business owners and city leaders in downtown Duluth,
who fear a dramatic loss of hotel and restaurant revenue
if the Bulldogs move. The UMD campus is located in a residential
area on Duluth's east side, and area homeowners have also
spoken out against the idea of an on-campus rink, fearing
a dramatic increase in traffic and noise on winter weekends.
have more luck in pursuit of a new arena at Vermont. Daniel
Fogel, the school's new president, expressed in February
his desire to have a new 9,000-seat rink constructed in
first name on the short list to replace Corran at UMD is
South Dakota athletic director Kelly Higgins. The former
athletic director at Alaska Fairbanks, Higgins was interviewed
for the UMD job in 1997 and has recently talked publicly
a Division I hockey program at South Dakota.
Us | Advertiser
Info | Site Map | Privacy
© 2003 Inside College Hockey, Inc., All Rights Reserved