Penn State to Interview Sandelin
CHN Staff Report
Minnesota-Duluth has already lost two underclassmen to the pros following its national championship earlier this month, and could lose its coach as well.
Scott Sandelin, who led the Bulldogs to their first-ever championshp nine days ago, has been contacted about the head coaching vacancy at Penn State, according to UMD beat writer Kevin Pates' blog.
Sandelin has one year left on his contract at Minnesota-Duluth.
As previously reported by College Hockey News, Penn State plans to interview approximately five finalists, beginning as early as this week. Penn State has been tight-lipped on who those finalists would be.
The Penn State program will begin its first year of varsity play in 2012-13, and is looking to have a coach in place within a month. Penn State will have its new arena finished in the fall of 2013, when it will begin playing in the fledgling Big Ten Hockey Conference.
Sandelin's wife, Wendy, is from the Central Pennsylvania area and a Penn State graduate. The two met while he was playing with Hershey, then the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Penn State associate athletic director for Ice Arena Operations and Hockey Development, Joe Battista, contacted Sandelin last week after receiving permission from UMD.
Sandelin, 46, is 192-200-52 in 11 seasons with the Bulldogs. He was previously an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Dakota. UMD was 26-10-6 this past season.