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Clarkson Narrows Field to 2

CHN Staff Report

Clarkson has narrowed its coaching decision down to two, current U.S. Under-18 team coach Ron Rolston, and current Cornell assistant Casey Jones, according to a report in the Watertown Daily Times.

Clarkson is the last of eight schools that need to fill a head coaching vacancy this offseason, after it waited until May before firing George Roll.

The report says that Rolston and Jones were the only two given on-campus interviews, though others were given phone interviews.

According to the Times, former Clarkson great Craig Conroy, who recently ended a lengthy NHL career, was offered the position but turned it down. Clarkson was also interested in former Union coach Nate Leaman, but Leaman went to Providence.

Rolston, who has interviewed for a number of openings in recent years, including Princeton this year, has previously been an assistant coach at Lake Superior State, Clarkson, Harvard and Boston College. He is a Michigan Tech alumnus, and has been with the U.S. national program since 2004. He was at Clarkson under Mark Morris from 1996-99. Recently, the U.S. Under-18 team won a gold medal at the World Championships.

Jones, a Cornell alum, has also previously been a Clarkson assistant (1993-95), and a 13-year assistant at Ohio State.

Others reported to have been given consideration are current Lake Superior coach Jim Roque (also a former Clarkson assistant); former Golden Knight and current Merrimack assistant Phil Roy; and North Country natives Derek Lalonde and Mark Taylor, currently a Denver assistant and Hobart head coach, respectively.

Morris, who was fired by the school in 2002 after a lengthy tenure as head coach, also applied for the position. He is currently head coach of the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.

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