April 14, 2006 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Yale Set to Name Allain

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Keith Allain, a former goaltender at Yale and the current goaltending coach of the St. Louis Blues, is set to be named the new head coach at Yale, CHN has confirmed.

Yale has scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference at the Schley Room in Ingalls Rink, where Allain will be introduced.

Allain, who graduated in 1980, surfaced as a clear front runner simply because of his prominence as an alumnus and his NHL coaching stature. Yale's position has been open since 28-year head coach Tim Taylor was forced out March 28.

The Centerville, Mass., native has been an assistant under Taylor, and also, like Taylor, worked in the U.S. national program. Allain has twice been the World Junior team coach, and was an assistant with the 1992 and 2006 U.S. Olympic teams.

According to the New Haven Register, the four interviewing candidates were Allain, Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl, Harvard assistant Sean McCann and Dartmouth assistant Dave Peters.

Peters was runner up for the Princeton opening two years ago, and falls short again here. He has been the primary recruiter for Dartmouth, as the Big Green have sustained their longest stretch of relative success in decades.

"It's a little frustrating, but we just bought a house in September, and we haven't really unpacked completely," Peters said. "Our house is in Hanover (N.H.) a mile and a half from campus. I can walk my 7-year old to school. We love it.

"We have a good thing going at Dartmouth. Me, (assistant coach) Brendan Whittet and (head coach) Bob (Gaudet), we get along well, we trust each other. But my long-term goal is to be a head coach.

"I'm going to continue to work hard at Dartmouth and keep trying. We love it where we are. I'm lucky to have the job that I have. There are aren't that many jobs out there."

Peters was also a candidate for the RPI head coaching opening, but is not among the three finalists.

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