July 23, 2008 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Assistant Coaching Shuffle in HEA

by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer

Merrimack assistant coach Albie O'Connell has resigned from his position to take the top assistant job at Northeastern under head coach Greg Cronin.

O’Connell was hired by Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy just last offseason to replace the departed Marty Quarters. It’s an opportunity for him to be the top assistant, a title he did not have at Merrimack.

O’Connell’s move comes in what has been a summer of turnover for the Huskies. Northeastern lost assistant coaches Shawn McEachern (to Massachusetts-Lowell), and Gene Reilly (Austrian Pro League), as well as graduate assistant Joe Santilli, who was with the Huskies last year after his graduation in 2007.

No word yet on possible replacements for O’Connell at Merrimack. His departure comes late into the offseason, which certainly makes it a tight timetable. The interview process has already begun, but resumes will be accepted until Friday July 25th at 1 p.m., according to athletic officials.

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