Alaska-Anchorage announces four finalists for head coaching job

Alaska-Anchorage announced Wednesday that Chris Brown, Michael Corbett, Gary Heenan and Damon Whitten are the four finalists for the Seawolves’ head coaching position.

Dave Shyiak was fired on March 29 after eight years at the helm.

Brown is a former UAA assistant coach (1997-2000) and has spent the last 13 years as head coach at NCAA Division III Marian (2000-2006) and Augsburg (2006-present).

Corbett has been at Air Force as an assistant coach from 2003-2012 and for the past year as associate head coach.

Heenan has served as head coach at NCAA Division III Utica for the past 13 years and prior to that, served as assistant coach at Hamilton.

No stranger to UAA, Whitten served as assistant coach with the Seawolves from 2006-2008. He has also been director of hockey operations at Michigan State (2008-2010) and since 2010, has served as assistant coach at Michigan Tech. In other roles, Whitten was a graduate assistant at Michigan State (2003-2004) and an assistant coach at Wayne State from 2004-2006.

Following initial phone interviews, the finalists will be brought to the UAA campus for in-person interviews. During the on-campus interview process, an open forum will be scheduled for the public to meet each candidate, according to an Alaska-Anchorage news release.