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The Coaches, One-On-One with CHN

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Audio Spotlight

BU coach Jack ParkerBU coach Jack Parker
The 36-year Terriers' mentor talks about his team's last Frozen Four appearance, the differences in coaching over the years, the recruiting battles, and how this team came together.

Vermont coach Kevin SneddonVermont coach Kevin Sneddon
The Catamounts' coach talks about his past at Harvard, his evolution as a coach, his process in developing the program and more.

Bemidji State coach Tom SerratoreBemidji State coach Tom Serratore
The Beavers' coach reflects on his program prior to Thursday's Frozen Four semifinal, the first for him and his team in D-I

Miami coach Enrico BlasiMiami coach Enrico Blasi
Speaking at the Frozen Four, after his team's Wednesday practice. The semifinal is Thursday vs. Bemidji State.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday is the final day of tune-ups before the NCAA Frozen Four begins Thursday with a pair of semifinal games.

We got the chance to speak to all four Frozen Four practices during the afternoon sessions. Click the links on the right to listen to podcast audio one-on-one interviews with the four coaches.

Boston University coach Jack Parker, now in his 36th year, spoke at length about various topics. That includes his team's last appearance at the FF, in 1997 against Michigan, when BU was an underdog against the defending champs. Parker also reflected on this year's teams, and how it evolved into a potential champion, the evolution of coaching over the years, and the recruiting battles — and more.

Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, which faces BU on Thursday, reminisced about his Frozen Four as a player in 1989, when Harvard won the national championship. He also talked about how he got the job at Vermont, and the process of evolving the program from three wins to where it is now.

Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore spoke about his team's insurgent run to the Frozen Four, and the tradition of Beavers hockey. He also ruminated on the team's future, and how it could be in the WCHA some day, and what that would mean to the program — good and bad.

Finally, Miami coach Enrico Blasi talked to us about his evolution from 27-year old head coach to where he is today. He also discussed his team's run, as it overcame just missing in last few years, to bring a less experienced team to this level.

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