Fairfield University coach Mark Dennehy has decided to resign after one season to become assistant coach at Mass-Amherst, according to sources.
An official announcement has not been made, but Dennehy has informed Fairfield players and school officials of his decision.
At UMass, he will rejoin Don Cahoon, who was recently named head coach of the Minutemen. Dennehy was an assistant under Cahoon at Princeton from 1996-99 before leaving to accept the position at Fairfield. Prior to that, Dennehy was a graduate assistant at UMass under Joe Mallen.
Dennehy — who played at Boston College from 1987-91, compiling eight goals and 54 assists in 133 career games — took over a Fairfield team that had just one win the previous year and went 3-28-3 in 1999-2000.
An official announcement is being delayed until UMass can complete the hiring process as mandated by the state, and as of now Dennehy is continuing to work in his Fairfield office.
Fairfield is currently interviewing candidates for the open position. Those interviewed so far include Plattsburgh assistant Kevin Houle, a 1986 Boston College graduate, and Jim Hunt, a former high school coach and current graduate assistant coach with the U.S. National Development Team.