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Kemp Steps Down at UNO

CHN Staff Report

OMAHA, Neb. — Mike Kemp, the only head coach in the relatively brief history at Nebraska-Omaha, has decided to step down to become the associate athletic director. He will work under Trev Alberts, the one-time football standout at the University of Nebraska, who was named the university's new athletic director two weeks ago.

The search will begin immediately for a new head hockey coach.

“Mike has made a choice of great humility and selflessness in order to benefit our hockey program,” said Alberts. “We need him here long term and in a role larger than coaching. He will figure prominently in the strengthening of our marquee program."

It's a curious move, but Kemp sounded upbeat in a statement.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join Trev, Michele Roberts, Don Leahy and Connie Claussen as a cog in the management team,” said Kemp. “It’s important to me to continue to assist in the direction of hockey into the future.

“The UNO hockey program has been a huge part of my life and to continue to make decisions and plot the course of Maverick hockey is something I cherish.”

Kemp will work as associate athletic director under the final year of his coaching contract and then under a two-year extension commensurate with the salary and benefits of an associate athletic director. Kemp also will have responsibility for golf, cross country/track and field and soccer.

The committee to select a new head hockey coach will include Alberts, Kemp, associate athletic director Don Leahy, women’s basketball coach Patty Patton Shearer, faculty athletic representative Bill Wakefield, hockey captain Mark Bernier and a member of the community at large.

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