Bob Gaudet, who was the goalie on Dartmouth’s last NCAA Tournament teams in 1979 and 1980, will leave his current position as head coach at Brown and fill the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, according to sources close to both teams.
Gaudet, 38, is expected to be formally introduced as the next coach of the Big Green early next week. He replaces Roger Demment, who was fired three weeks ago after another season in which the Big Green failed to make the ECAC playoffs.
Gaudet would not confirm the move, saying only, “We have to take care of this by early next week.”
Dartmouth athletic director Dick Jaeger could not be reached for comment.
In nine years at Brown, Gaudet compiled a 93-142-31 record, including 7-19-3 this past season (4-16-2 ECAC). He was ECAC Coach of the Year in 1995, when the Bears contended for first place until the last week of the regular season. In 1993, Brown earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1976.
Gaudet was an assistant at Dartmouth from 1983-88. He was a finalist for national coach of the year honors in 1993 and 1995. He played in the Winnipeg Jets’ system in 1981-82 before a knee injury ended his playing career.
Considered as early candidates to replace Gaudet at Brown are two of his former assistants: Brian McCloskey, currently assistant coach at New Hampshire, and Boston University assistant Brian Durocher.