UConn Closes In on New Coach
CHN Staff Report
With Connecticut's women's head coach position filled, the school is expected to turn quick attention to the vacant men's position.
UConn, which is preparing for a move to Hockey East in 2014-15, named David Berard the interim coach in January when Bruce Marshall stepped down for personal reasons. Berard, a former player and assistant coach at Providence, had been in his second year as an assistant with the Huskies.
David Berard guided the Huskies to a 19-10-3 record after taking over for Marshall, and is the only candidate sources have confirmed has interviewed for the job. The question has been whether UConn is looking to "upgrade" its men's coach with the impending move to Hockey East.
According to reports, UConn has been talking to former Denver coach George Gwozdecky, a two-time national champion. One issue is whether UConn and Gwozdecky can agree on a contract, and whether Gwozdecky is OK with playing in Atlantic Hockey for one season, and with an uncertain home arena situation.
UConn is scheduled to play many of its home games in the nearby Hartford Civic Center, but its on-campus rink is tiny by Hockey East standards. There has been talk of a new on-campus arena, or retro-fitting the school's basketball arena, but nothing is set yet.
Sources also indicate that UConn has shown interest in Michigan assistant Billy Powers. UConn athletic director Warde Manual is a former assistant AD at Michigan.
The Hartford Courant also reported that current Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh interviewed for the job.