Peters, Moore out of Brown Coaching Search
CHN Staff Report
With Brown's coaching search under way, two people considered by many to be prime candidates are not including themselves in the running.
Dartmouth assistant coach Dave Peters and Providence assistant coach Stan Moore both told CHN they would not be applying for the position. Peters, the 2008 Terry Flanagan Award winner (given in recognition of outstanding service as an assistant coach), is considered one of the nation's top recruiters, and has helped bring Dartmouth to prominence in the ECAC. Moore is a two-time ECAC Coach of the Year — once with Union and once with Colgate, during Don Vaughan's one-year hiatus; after Vaughan's return, he left Colgate to become an assistant with the Friars.
Peters, who played at Boston College in 1979-80, said he took himself out of the running in order to help the cause of fellow Dartmouth assistant Brendan Whittet. Whittet played for current Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet while Gaudet was at Brown.
"Brendan expressed interest and he's an alum," Peters said. "We've been together a long time. I didn't think it would help if two guys from the same staff applied. It would put Bobby in a difficult position.
"I felt like it was the right thing to do. I'm happy here. We're working hard to improve our program. But I want to be a head coach and if I continue to work hard, I'll get an opportunity. I really enjoy what I'm doing. I have a lot of responsibility and we have a lot of chemistry with our staff."
Other than Whittet, there are few Brown alumni in major coaching positions. One, is current Army coach Brian Riley, who graduated in 1983. Another is Bill Gilligan, a former assistant at Massachusetts, before he left for head coaching positions in Austria. Gilligan, 54, is a 1977 Brown alum.
Current New Hampshire assistant Scott Borek, the former head coach at Lake Superior State, expects to be in the running. Borek, who played at Dartmouth, has also been a head coach at Colby and New England College. Borek was an assistant coach at Brown under Bob Gaudet, when that staff helped resurrect the program from 1-25 team to NCAA tournament participant in five years.
"I am in fact interested in the position, but as of now have not applied," Borek said. "I loved my experience at Brown in the late 80's and early 90's, and given where we started and how it moved, I believe that Brown can climb the ladder again."
Riley could not be reached for comment. Neither could Brown athletic director Michael Goldberger.
A bevy of current and former ECAC assistant coaches should be in the mix as well. Another possibility is current Sacred Heart coach Shaun Hannah, who has Ivy roots as an alum of Cornell.