May 5, 2004
UAF Hires Former Assistant MacMillan

Just hours after Guy Gadowsky was named the head coach at Princeton, Alaska Fairbanks named UAF alum and former assistant hockey coach Tavis MacMillan the new head coach of the Nanooks, effective immediately.

MacMillan has served in an administrative capacity for the past year as the UAF athletic department’s compliance coordinator. He now rejoins the team that he spent seven years working with as an assistant coach.

“I have such mixed emotions about this opportunity,” said MacMillan. “Guy has been an instrumental part of my coaching career and I have been blessed to work with him. At the same time I am very excited and energized by the challenge of continuing this program down the path of success. I have worn the Nanook Blue & Gold and I take great pride in the opportunity to lead this team. I foresee this being a seamless transition because Guy and I share many similar values on what this program should represent.”

UAF Director of Athletics Dr. Cory Schwartz said, “Tavis brings to our program the perspective of an alum, the guidance of a seasoned veteran and the energy of a long-time hockey professional ready to take advantage of a new opportunity. With the administrative experience Tavis has gained in the last year, he is primed to take over a program on the way up. I’m confident that Tavis will continue that progress.”

A native of Eastend, Saskatchewan, MacMillan was a 1995 graduate of UAF. MacMillan is UAF’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 192 career points, and tied teammate Dean Fedorchuk for the NCAA scoring crown (74 points) during the 1993-94 season.

Following graduation, MacMillan played professional hockey during the 1994-95 season with the Greensboro Monarchs in the East Coast Hockey League and the Alaska Gold Kings in the West Coast Hockey League. MacMillan was the player/assistant general manager for the Gold Kings in 1995-96 where he assisted with player recruitment and management, marketing, promotions and overall day-to-day operations. MacMillan also played one summer season for the San Jose Rhinos in the Roller Hockey International League with Guy Gadowsky.

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