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RPI Narrows Coaching Search to 4

CHN Staff Report

Rensselaer has narrowed its coaching search down to four people it will interview this week, WNYT in Albany reported.

According to the report, the interviewees are Massachusetts assistant coach Ben Barr, Quinnipiac assistant coach Bill Riga, Canisius head coach Dave Smith, and Ed Gosek, head coach at D-III Oswego State.

Barr is an RPI alumnus, and has been considered the frontrunner. He's been an assistant coach briefly at RPI, then with Nate Leaman at Union and Providence, before going to Western Michigan in 2014. Last season, he joined Greg Carvel on the staff at Massachusetts. A native of Faribault, Minn., He played at RPI from 2000-04.

Smith has been the head coach at Canisius since 2005. A 1992 alumnus of Ohio State, he has a 172-223-59 record in 12 seasons as head coach. A native of Arthur, Ontario, Smith led Canisius to the 2013 Atlantic Hockey tournament championship and its NCAA bid. This season, Canisius went 21-11-17 and won the AHA regular season for the first time, as Smith was named Coach of the Year.

Gosek has coached Oswego (N.Y.) to a D-III national championship in 2007 and five straight Frozen Fours from 2010-14. An Oswego graduate (1983), he took over for George Roll in 2003, when Roll went to Clarkson. Overall, he is 288-85-25 in 14 seasons. This season, Gosek led Oswego to the SUNYAC regular-season title, the eighth championship.

Riga, from Westborough, Mass., played four seasons at Massachusetts-Lowell from 1992-96. He's been an assistant coach at Union and then at Quinnipiac since 2008, where he was part of the staff that went to the NCAA championship game in 2013 and 2016.

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