Report: Vermont's Micheletto Set to Replace Cahoon at UMass
CHN Staff Report
Massachusetts is set to hire Vermont assistant John Micheletto as its next head coach, ending a four-week search that began with the resignation of Don "Toot" Cahoon, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. A source confirmed that Micheletto was among those interviewed early last week after UMass athletic director John McCutcheon was said to be "regrouping" and expanding his search.
Micheletto has served alongside Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon for the last 10 seasons after a four-year stint at Notre Dame. Before that, he assisted Sneddon at Union as well. Micheletto is Vermont's recruiting coordinator as well as their offensive coach.
The top challenge for Micheletto will be acclimating himself to the role before the players return to campus in three weeks. After that, shaping the Minutemen into the team he hopes they'll be will have to be done in a hurry with the season fewer than three months away.
Despite little experience as a head coach, Micheletto played a role in assembling some strong recruiting classes in Burlington. The Catamounts finished 10th in Hockey East last season, but the Frozen Four appearance in 2009, along with a series of other strong years, made Micheletto a strong candidate.
In the four weeks since Cahoon left, Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold, Holy Cross' Paul Pearl and Cedar Rapids (USHL) Roughriders' head coach Mark Carlson were all reported frontrunners for the position. All three eventually opted to remain in their current posts, leading McCutcheon to hire Micheletto.
Current UMass assistant Len Quesnelle will remain in Amherst to aid in the transition. Quesnelle reportedly interviewed for the position last week. Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh, UNH assistant Scott Borek and former UMass and current Yale assistant Red Gendron were also among those considered for the position.
Neither UMass nor Vermont officials were available to comment. Micheletto, too, was unavailable for comment.