Monday, April 25, 2011

Coaching dominoes continue to fall

Penn State made its big announcement on Sunday, hiring Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky as its first men's hockey coach. He will be introduced during a press conference Monday afternoon. Two other candidates with WCHA ties interviewed for the job: Minnesota Duluth's Scott Sandelin and Wisconsin women's coach Mark Johnson. Sandelin said he's thrilled that he's not leaving Duluth but was intrigued by the Penn State job. Undoubtedly a contract extension at UMD is in the works since had had just one year remaining on his deal.

Gadowsky has been coaching for 12 years, the last seven at Princeton where he took the Tigers to two NCAA tournaments. Before that, he spent five years at Alaska (Fairbanks) where he had two winning seasons, including a 22-win season in 2001-02. The Colorado College graduate has a career record of 173-198-37 (.469).

By the way, Sandelin's career record is 192-200-52 (.491) with three NCAA appearances (and the national title) in 11 seasons at UMD. By comparison, Minnesota State's Troy Jutting has a record of 172-200-53 (.467) with one NCAA tournament in 11 seasons.

Gadowsky's hiring creates another opening in the college coaching ranks, as Princeton will be looking to replace him. Union quickly filled its open position after Providence hired away Nate Leaman, the national coach of the year. He was replaced by one of his assistants Rick Bennett.

Other jobs that are still open include Michigan Tech and Clarkson.

Western Michigan, meanwhile, has locked up its coach-of-the-year candidate, Jeff Blashill, giving him an extension through 2016. The deal reportedly will pay him $175,000 per year with up to $100,000 more in supplemental income (media, etc.)!

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