Joins Alaska Anchorage Staff
Alaska Anchorage head coach Dave Shyiak announced
Tuesday that Damon Whitten has been hired as an assistant
A native of Brighton, Mich., Whitten comes
to UAA after a two-year assistant stint at Wayne State,
and one year at his alma mater, Michigan State. At both
schools he assisted with all facets of practices and games,
with a specific focus on coaching the teams’ forwards.
“Damon is a passionate coach who brings
a tremendous work ethic,” said Shyiak, who begins
his second season at the Seawolf helm this fall. “His
recruiting experience in Western Canada and the Midwest
will help us identify future student-athletes for UAA. Damon
has played in two Frozen Fours and won and ECHL championship,
so he understands the process and demands in becoming a
winning hockey team.”
Adds Former Holy Cross Aide to Staff
hired Yale coach Keith Allain filled out his staff by hiring
former Holy Cross assistant Kyle Wallack to assume similar
duties for the Bulldogs. He replaces Bruce Wolanin, who
left for a head coaching position in the New England prep
A graduate of Springfield College, Wallack
served under coach Paul Pearl at Holy Cross for two seasons
and also spent two years as an assistant at Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Huskies, he worked as an aide at Quinnipiac
for three seasons.
Burkholder Signs Extension
Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder has agreed
to a multi-year contract that continues his leadership of
the Purple Eagle program through 2009-10, Interim Director
of Athletics Bill Agronin announced Thursday.
Burkholder, who enters his sixth season, agreed
to a two-year deal after having two years remaining on his
current contract, Agronin said.
“I am very happy that Dave has agreed
to remain at Niagara for the additional years,” Agronin
said. “He has proven not only to be a very good coach
and a mentor to his players, but a fine representative of
our athletics program.”
Burkholder was one of 11 finalists for the
2005-06 Spence Penrose Award, given to the Division I men’s
national coach of the year by the American Hockey Coaches
Association. He was selected to the list after being honored
with the 2005-06 College Hockey America Coach of the Year
“It has been 10 magnificent years here
at Niagara University for me and my family,” Burkholder
said. “The confidence and support that Father Levesque
has provided me means a great deal. I welcome the opportunity
and challenges that lie ahead.”
Hires Kurulak as Assistant Coach
Rensselaer has hired Shawn Kurulak, a former
assistant at Army and former defenseman at Denver, as an
assistant coach, the school announced today.
"There is a lot of history and tradition
at RPI and I look forward to being part of something special
in Troy," Kurulak said. "[Head coach] Seth [Appert]
is a great coach and I am very excited and honored that
he asked me to be part of the staff."
"We are very excited to have Shawn on
our team," said Appert. "He is a proven winner
who consistently makes teams better. His intensity and competitiveness
will be tremendous assets in the locker room, on the ice
and as he is directing our recruiting efforts."
Kurulak spent the last two seasons as an assistant
coach at Army.
Promotes Micheletto to Associate Head Coach
John Micheletto, an assistant coach at Vermont
for the last three seasons, has been promoted to associate
head coach, head coach Kevin Sneddon and athletic director
Robert Corran announced.
“I am very pleased to announce the promotion
of John Micheletto to associate head coach at UVM,”
Sneddon said. “He has distinguished himself as one
of the top assistants in the college game, and certainly
deserves to be recognized for his outstanding contributions
to college hockey. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded
by great people on our staff.”
Micheletto, a Chicago-area native, is a 1988
graduate of Dartmouth College. He begins his fourth season
with UVM in 2006-07, and his 16th in the coaching profession.
Micheletto followed head coach Kevin Sneddon to Burlington
after serving a four-year stint as an assistant coach at
the University of Notre Dame from 1999 to 2003. Prior to
his time with the Fighting Irish he worked alongside Sneddon
at Union as his top assistant.
Names Galvin Supervisor of Officials
Luke Galvin, a veteran college a professional
official, has been named the Supervisor of Officials for
the ECAC Hockey League, league commissioner Steve Hagwell
announced today. Galvin replaces Butch Bellmore, who served
in the position through 2005-06.
Galvin will be responsible for coordinating
efforts of the officiating program, which include, but are
not limited to, improving the quality of officiating; promoting
better communication between officials and coaches; evaluating
officials and identifying prospective officials; and serving
as a liaison in the area of officiating to the NCAA.
Galvin has been an official on several levels,
including the collegiate and NHL ranks, serving as both
a linesman and head referee. He spent eight seasons working
in the NHL and has been a linesman for the AHL for the past
18 seasons. His work with the AHL has led to 10 consecutive
seasons of Calder Cup playoff action.
Blasi Agrees to Six-Year Extension
Miami head coach Enrico Blasi has agreed to
a six-year contract extension that will keep the former
RedHawk captain behind the bench in Oxford through the 2011-2012
Blasi, who became the school's all-time leader
in wins last season, earned the Spencer Penrose Award for
national coach of the year after guiding Miami to the 2006
CCHA regular-season championship and a berth in the NCAA
Tournament. He also won CCHA Coach of the Year honors last
season, the third time in his seven seasons as bench boss
he's captured that award.
The Toronto native enters the 2006-07 campaign
with 130-116-23 career record, including a 97-81-18 mark
in CCHA play.
State Assistant Brent Resigns
Ohio State assistant coach Steve Brent announced
his resignation after nine years with the program. Brent,
a Penticton, B.C., native and a four-year letterwinner for
the Buckeyes from 1994-97, has accepted another job outside
Brent, who was also a three-year captain for
OSU, joined coach John Markell's coaching staff as a volunteer
assistant for to the 1997-98 season when the Buckeyes advanced
to the Frozen Four for the first (and only) time in school
history. He was elevated to full-time assistant the next
Leaman Named to U.S. Junior Staff
Union head coach Nate Leaman will be an assistant
coach on the 2007 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey
announced today. Leaman will join the staff of head coach
Ron Rolston along with fellow assistant coach Phil Housley.
Leaman, who coached with Rolston at Harvard
prior to joining Union, has represented USA Hockey on both
the international and national stages. He served as an assistant
coach for the U.S. National Under-18 Team that captured
the gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
He also coached teams at USA Hockey’s Select 14 Player
Development Camp in 2001 and 2002, and served as head coach
for Team Massachusetts at USA Hockey’s 2003 Select
The U.S. National Junior Team will compete
at the 2007 World Junior Championship in Mora and Leksand,
Sweden, Dec. 26, 2006-Jan. 5, 2007.
RPI and Robert Morris Hire Assistants
Two schools filled assistant coaching vacancies
Wednesday, while a third has locked in on a candidate for
Multiple sources have told INCH that Ferris
State assistant Derek Lalonde will assume similar duties
at Denver. An official announcement is expected sometime
next week. Lalonde will take over for Seth Appert, who was
named head coach at Rensselaer last month. Like Appert,
Lalonde is a former college goalie – he played at
SUNY Cortland while the man he replaces, coincidentally,
tended goal for Ferris State.
Appert, meanwhile, began the process of building
his staff at Rensselaer by hiring former Maine standout
Jim Montgomery as an assistant. Montgomery, who won a national
championship as a player with the Black Bears in 1993, spent
last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Notre Dame.
Robert Morris announced the hiring of Mike
McCourt as an assistant. McCourt comes to the Colonials
from Brockville of Ontario’s Central Junior Hockey
League, where he served as the Braves’ coach and general
manager for three seasons. Prior to his stint with Brockville,
McCourt, a four-year letterwinner at St. Lawrence, spent
one season as an assistant coach at Clarkson.
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