Anchorage Reopens Coaching Search
Adds People with Hockey Backgrounds to Search Committee
CHN Staff Report
Alaska-Anchorage has reopened its coaching search after previously suspending the process on May 2, the school announced Tuesday. As part of the revamped process, the school announced the creation of a supplementary search committee comprising Brush Christiansen (the program's first coach), as well as former players and program supporters.
The four finalists (Mike Corbett, Damon Whitten, Chris Brown and Gary Heenan) selected by the original search committee will remain candidates. The new committee will review other applications already on file and accept new applications until May 17.
New interviews will take place in early June, then both the original and the new committee will get together to make a final recommendation to athletic director Steve Cobb. The school hopes to name its new coach by June 15.
The original search committee came under criticism for not including any "hockey people." Both the Alaska State Hockey Association and the UAA Hockey Alumni Association wound up issuing votes of no confidence in Cobb.
“We believe this new approach will address concerns raised by the hockey community, and allow the integrity of the original search process to stand,” said Bill Spindle, the school's vice chancellor for administrative searches.
John Stalvey, the dean of the university's College of Arts and Science, will serve as the chairman of the new committee. In addition to Stalvey and Christiansen (who coached the Seawolves from 1979 until his retirement in 1996), the committee will include former players Mark Filipenko (who is currently the president of the program's alumni association), Mike Scott and Gregg Zaporzan, as well as longtime supporter Jerry Dewhurst.