Maine Names Gendron New Head Coach
CHN Staff Report
ORONO The University of Maine introduced Dennis "Red" Gendron as its new head hockey coach at a press conference on Tuesday inside Alfond Arena.
Gendron, 55, who is embarking on his first head coaching job in college hockey, has been a longtime collegiate assistant coach, including serving last season as the associate head coach of the national champion Yale Bulldogs.
Gendron's first college hockey coaching experience was with the Black Bears, where he assisted Shawn Walsh with the 1993 national championship team.
Gendron replaces Tim Whitehead, who was released from his contract April 9. Robert Corkum has been serving as interim head coach since April 10.
"All of the wonderful things that have happened to (my family) since that (my first time at Maine) would not have been possible if not for the University of Maine, Shawn Walsh, Grant Standbrook, and all of the champion players and coaches who were part of our first Maine experience," Gendron said. "The energy and passion within and surrounding this program are inspiring and have not diminished in my absence."
He continued, "I am fully aware of what this program means to our current players, our alumni, the university and to our fans throughout the state, and I am equally aware of the championship-caliber results they demand from their Black Bears."
Gendron earned a master's degree in education from UMaine in 1993. USA Hockey uses Gendron's book, "Coaching Hockey Successfully," as the advanced-level manual for its coaching education program.
Prior to Gendron's two seasons at Yale, from 2005-11 he was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, helping the Minutemen reach the 2007 NCAA Tournament. In the 2004–05 season, Gendron was head coach and general manager of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.
Gendron spent 11 seasons in professional hockey with the New Jersey Devils organization. From 2002-04, he coached the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. From 2000-02, he scouted for the Devils and from 1996–2000, Gendron was an assistant coach of the Albany River Rats, leading the team to two appearances in the AHL conference finals.
From 1994-96, Gendron was assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, where his responsibilities included on-ice practice and video/statistical analysis. The team won the 1995 Stanley Cup after finishing as Eastern Conference finalist in 1994. During the 1993–94 season, he was a technological specialist for the Devils.