College Hockey:
Maine announces search committee to find next head coach

Maine has announced formation of a seven-member search committee to help determine the new head coach of the Black Bears’ hockey program.

Tim Whitehead was relieved of his duties on April 9. Bob Corkum was named interim coach the following day.

The search committee will begin its duties immediately and according to a Maine press release, will have candidates named within two months.

“Our aspiration with this coaching search will be to find that individual who can best build upon the significant successes of both Shawn Walsh and Tim Whitehead and rekindle the collective spirit, energy and support of the entire Black Bear Hockey Nation,” said Maine president Paul Ferguson in a statement.

Dr. George Jacobson, professor emeritus of biology, ecology and climate change and the university’s former NCAA faculty athletic representative, will chair the search committee.

Joining Jacobson on the search committee will be:

  • Cherie Damon, president and long-time member of Friends of Maine Hockey, recipient of the 2011 Friends of Maine Hockey Volunteer of the Year Award and parent of a former player.
  • Dr. Nic Erhardt, Maine assistant professor of management in the Maine Business School, faculty liaison to the men’s hockey team and member of the Athletic Advisory Board. Erhardt played semi-professional hockey in Sweden.
  • Peter Metcalf, Maine alumnus, Portland business leader in financial advising and former professional hockey player. Metcalf was a defenseman when the Black Bears went to the 1999 national championship and a captain of the 2002 team that was national runner-up.
  • Dr. Richard Powell, Maine associate professor of political science and director of the Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program and the Kenneth Palmer Maine State Legislative Internship Program. Powell has been involved in hockey as a player, coach and administrator for more than 40 years in Michigan and Maine.
  • Jon Sorenson, Maine alumnus, Massachusetts business leader in the energy industry, member of business and engineering advisory Boards, co-chair of Black Bears of Boston, founder of the Boston Executive Club of the University of Maine and a strong Maine hockey supporter.
  • Janine Tremble, Maine alumna, marketing specialist with Maine Savings and president elect of the Black Bear Board of Advisors.

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  • neutralzonetrap

    I’m heartened to see the search committee being chaired by a professor of ecology because, of course, the selecting of a hockey coach and the teaching of ecology….go hand in hand?

  • Joe

    What was not mentioned here but included in the local rags is that the committee plans to name the candidates within 2 months. If that can’t be done within a week they have some very serious issues.

  • RebuildUMO

    Metcalf wasn’t on the 1999 team that “went” to the national champsionship. That team WON the national championship. Perhaps the USCHO staff needs their work editted a bit.

  • Kevin

    “The search committee…will have candidates named within two months” There wont be any candidates left in two months…they might was well pick out of a hat.

  • hockeyman41

    They need to move much more quickly. Maine runs the risk of de-commitments from incoming recruits. That program is literally a shell of its former self. What a shame. Also – how did Montgomery go to Denver ???

    • RebuildUMO

      Monty spoke with Maine AD Abbott just before Timmay was canned and was told that the process was going to be long and inclusive. IN the meantime, he couldn’t pass on Denver, although from what I’m reading in the Denver Post with respect to the fallout from their firing Coach Gwodzecky, not to mention the ensuing de-commits, Monty’s in for a rough couple years there at DU. Glad for him, but as a Maine alum, I think his taking that post is a big mistake cuz if he’s not more successful than George was, he’s not going to last his contract either and then where will he be?

  • Jess

    The Maine Athletic Director was a politician, he does not understand the world of college athletics and especially how to go about the firing and hiring of the most important position he manages. Sad, just sad.

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