Alaska-Anchorage Names Coaching Finalists
CHN Staff Report
ANCHORAGE, Alaska Alaska-Anchorage has named four finalists it will bring in for interviews to fill its head coaching vacancy. Former coach Dave Shyiak was relieved of his duties last month.
The four are Chris Brown, Michael Corbett, Gary Heenan and Damon Whitten.
Brown has been the head coach at Division-III Augsburg the last 13 years. He was an assistant at UAA from 1997-2000. He then became head coach at Marian (Wis.) from 2000-04. Brown was assistant captain for the 1994 NCAA III hockey national champion Wisconsin-River Falls team.
Corbett has been an assistant coach at Air Force the last 10 years. He was two-time alternate captain for Denver (1992-97) and was a finalist for the 1997 NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Heenan has been head coach at D-III Utica (N.Y.) for the past 13 years and, prior to that, served as assistant coach at Hamilton (N.Y.). He also played four years at Hamilton (1994-97).
Whitten was an assistant at UAA from 2006-08. Since that time he was director of hockey operations at Michigan State from 2008-2010 and, since 2010, has served as assistant coach at Michigan Tech. Prior to his stint at UAA, he was graduate assistant at Michigan State 2003-04 and was assistant coach at Wayne State 2004-06. Whitten played four years at Michigna State from 1997-2001.
Current assistant coach Campbell Blair, who has been with the Seawolves for seven seasons and was previously at Maine, applied for the job but is not a finalist. Same for former UAA star Dennis Sorenson, who currently coaches Dimond High School's team in Alaska.
Following initial phone interviews, finalists will be brought to campus for in-person interviews. During the on-campus interview process, an open forum will be scheduled for the public to meet each candidate.