Morris fired as Clarkson head coach
University fired coach Mark Morris Friday, ending the coach's 15-year
tenure with the school.
was placed on paid administrative leave by the university last week
after an incident involving a player at the Golden Knights' Nov.
2 morning skate. The school launched an investigation to determine
what disciplinary measures, if any, should be taken against the
coach. Morris, however, was unwilling to participate in the investigation
and that, coupled with facts collected from other witnesses to the
incident, led to his termination.
"This has been a trying time for the hockey team and the coaches,"
Clarkson President Denny Brown said in a written statement. "They
have demonstrated great character by focusing on their games. We
are confident that the team will pull together and move forward
to have a successful season."
school's all-time winningest hockey coach, Morris compiled a 306-156-42
career record. He led the Golden Knights to 11 20-win seasons, nine
NCAA Tournament appearances, five ECAC regular-season titles and
three conference tournament championships.
Brown released his statement just hours before the Golden Knights
hosted Brown in their home opener at Cheel Arena (a game Clarkson
won, 5-1). The Knights face Harvard Saturday.
assistant coach Fred Parker will serve as head coach on an interim
basis. He and assistant Jason Lammers coached the team in Morris'
absence, including the Golden Knights' three-point weekend at Rensselaer
and Union. Another assistant will be added in the near future.
top assistant, was the head coach of the Ottawa Junior Senators
in the Central Junior Hockey League, a Tier II junior league in
Canada, last season. He has also served as the head coach for the
Nepean Raiders (1998-99), Smiths Falls Bears (1996-98), Ottawa Junior
"A" Senators (1993-96) and the Brockville Braves (1992-93).
Parker played college hockey at St. Francis Xavier University in
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he graduated in 1989.
begin a national search for a permanent head coach at a later date.
Among the names surfacing as possible candidates are Los Angeles
Kings' scout Greg Dreschel, Lake Superior State assistant coach
Jim Roque and Oswego State head coach George Roll — all former
Clarkson assistant coaches.
Nate Ewell and Mike Eidelbes
Clarkson President Denny Brown's statement