Shyiak Responds to Allegations
CHN Staff Report
Former Alaska-Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak responded to recent allegations that he struck a player during practice in 2011.
In a statement to the media, Shyiak said the report "has resulted in irreparable damages including lost opportunity for coaching positions and having family members experience extreme and unnecessary stress and anxiety."
Shyiak's response comes after it was revealed that former player Mickey Spencer wrote a letter to the school about an incident in 2011. Shyiak's attorney, Kevin Fitzgerald, said then that Spencer and others were bringing the incident up publicly in order to get athletic director Steve Cobb fired.
In his statement, Shyiak said: "It is no secret that following my removal as head coach ... a small group of UAA hockey Alumni and community members have been working to have Athletic Director, Dr. Steve Cobb fired. ... In an apparent effort to discredit Dr. Cobb, a one page statement was drafted, complete with the Seawolf logo, in which an incident of 2 1/2 years ago was falsely summarized. The purpose of the statement was to allege that Dr. Cobb covered up the incident although, in reality, the January 11, 2011 incident was investigated by UAA and deemed to be a non-issue."
Shyiak said that Spencer's letter to the school was borne out of the greater efforts of the UAA alumni.
"The efforts of this small group of Alumni have been horribly misguided," Shyiak continued. "They have damaged my reputation, hurt my family and jeopardized my abilities to obtain new employment. These efforts have also been short sighted and have affected the integrity of the University. One can only imagine what the pool of candidates for new coach must think of these events.
"The only blessing in this entire ordeal is the overwhelming number of good people in this community, many of whom have contacted me to express their support for me and my family.
"Thanks, too, to the Seawolf players who, without solicitation, stood tall. I am proud to have coached at UAA for eight seasons, and proud of the fine young men I have coached.
"For me now, I wish only to clear my name, protect my family, who have been a pillar of strength and support, and to move on with my life."