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Gwozdecky tells newspaper he’s no longer a candidate at Alabama-Huntsville

George Gwozdecky interviewed at Alabama-Huntsville and said he was impressed with what the school has to offer, but he told the Wisconsin State Journal that he’s no longer a candidate for the head coaching job there.

Gwozdecky, a two-time national championship-winning coach who was fired as Denver’s coach on April 1, met with Chargers athletic director E.J. Brophy in Huntsville on Wednesday.

“The way my career has evolved, it wasn’t the right fit,” Gwozdecky told the newspaper.

Alabama-Huntsville is the only Division I men’s hockey program that still needs to fill a head coaching vacancy this offseason.

Kurt Kleinendorst resigned in late May to pursue professional coaching opportunities.

Gwozdecky told the Wisconsin State Journal that his talks with Alabama-Huntsville were on budgets and facilities and never got to contract negotiations.

He said he would like another coaching opportunity.


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  • hockeyman41

    He will get another chance at a big name program. Time for Northwestern, Illinois, URI, Stanford, UPenn (again), UCLA, etc. etc. to start a D-1 program and bring Gwoz right in!! All these schools already have a fan base in the community. (California is in love with the Kings, Ducks and Sharks). University of Pennsylvania already has a terrific college hockey arena ON CAMPUS !! Add Gwozdecky, two year recruiting cycle and they will fill the building.

    • bronxbomberz41

      I would love to see the expansion of college hockey, especially to bigger schools. It would help grow the sport. I think Illinois already had a D1 program at one time as well. If they are making a B10 (12 or more…) hockey conference, then maybe the other schools will look to jump in. More West Coast exposure would be great as well. Get U Washington, Oregon, California schools with it. URI is possibly looking to move up to D1, and were considered a candidate for HEA at one point

  • RebuildUMO

    How does George not have a job. Good grief.

    • hockeyman41

      the answer to your question is a bit complex but I will give it a try. I am not sure what George wants to do. If he is limiting himself to coaching only D-1 US college programs, then he has a 1 in about 60 chance of landing one of those coveted jobs. it may take a few years before something he wants opens up. He built the Denver program into a perennial powerhouse. He can do it again but there are not that many head coaching jobs in D-1 college hockey. He may not want to deal with pro athletes.

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