Clarkson has narrowed the candidates for its vacant head coaching position to four finalists, all of whom are former assistants — Jim Roque, Ron Rolston, George Roll, and Greg Dreschel — according to the U.S. Hockey Report.
According to sources, the list is final, and will not include any more names. Clarkson set a Jan. 15 deadline for applicants, making it difficult for current Division I head coaches to get involved in the process.
Roque, a current assistant at Lake Superior State, was an assistant at Clarkson for six seasons (1995-2001). He played at LSSU until 1987 for Frank Anzalone, and then became an assistant under Anzalone and Jeff Jackson before leaving for Clarkson. He returned to LSSU when Anzalone returned to the head coaching position there.
Roll was an assistant at Clarkson until leaving to take the head coach position at Oswego State in 1997. He played for Bowling Green, winning a national championship with them in 1984, and was captain in 1984-85. He is also currently Oswego State’s interim athletics director.
Ron Rolston was an assistant at Clarkson from 1996-99, when he departed for Harvard. He spent three seasons at Harvard, then made another move to his current spot, as assistant coach at Boston College. The 1990 graduate of Michigan Tech spent the first five years after college as an assistant with Lake Superior State, where his brother Brian played.
Greg Dreschel is another former Clarkson assistant, who now serves as a scout for the Los Angeles Kings. Former Clarkson coach and athletic director, Bill O’Flaherty, is the Director of Player Personnel for the Kings.
Current interim coach Fred Parker is not a candidate. He’s been in charge since early this season, after 15-year head coach Mark Morris was fired following an investigation into a physical altercation at a practice with Clarkson player Zach Schwan.