Anchorage Names Four New Finalists, Six Total
CHN Staff Report
ANCHORAGE, Alaska The new Alaska-Anchorage head coaching search has yielded six finalists for the position, and they are set to meet the selection committee and local community between June 6-14.
UAA halted its previous search and created a new committee after initially coming under harsh criticism for its handling of the situation.
The new committee, which included more "hockey people," came up with a list of four new names. And two of the previous four finalists are also included in this round — D-III Augsburg head coach Chris Brown, and current Air Force assistant Mike Corbett.
Two of the original four finalists, Damon Whitten and D-III Utica head coach Gary Heenan, have removed themselves from consideration.
The four new finalists are Ron Fogarty, Kevin Hartzell, Dave Peters and Matthew Thomas.
Fogarty is the current head coach and founder of D-III Adrian since 2006, compiling a record of 145-20-6. A graduate of Colgate, Fogarty spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Colgate, Clarkson and Bowling Green. He is a three-time MCHA Coach of the Year.
Hartzell, a former player at Minnesota, was most recently head coach at Sioux Falls of the USHL. He is the father of goalie Eric Hartzell, who was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and helped lead Quinnipiac to the Frozen Four this season.
Peters has been associate coach at Dartmouth since 1999, and was an assistant at Providence from 1993-98. A Boston College graduate, Peters has helped the Big Green rank in the top 20 in nine of the last 11 seasons. At Providence he was the top assistant and recruiter, helping the program win the Hockey East Championship in 1996.
Thomas is an RIT gradute, then coached at Maine for two seasons before becoming a head coach in the East Coast Hockey League. He is currently the head coach of the Stockton (Calif.) Thunder.