Alabama-Huntsville tabs longtime Air Force assistant Corbett as new head coach

Alabama-Huntsville announced on Monday the hiring of Mike Corbett as the Chargers’ new head coach.

Corbett replaces Kurt Kleinendorst, who stepped down earlier this offseason after one season at UAH.

Corbett spent the past 10 years as an assistant coach at Air Force, including serving as the team’s associate head coach during the 2012-13 season.

“Mike Corbett has spent the last decade recruiting elite young men to the United States Air Force Academy and winning championships,” said UAH director of athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy in a statement. “We are very confident that he is the man to lead Charger hockey into the prestigious WCHA and back to winning on a consistent basis here at UAH.”

On the ice, Corbett’s duties focused on the Air Force blue line. The team established Falcon records for fewest goals allowed per game in three straight seasons from the 2006-07 season to the 2008-09 campaign.

Corbett played in the WCHA at Denver from 1992-97 where he was an alternate captain for two seasons and a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member. In 1997, he was a finalist for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. He graduated from Denver in 1996 before also earning his master’s degree from the university in 1998.

After his time in Denver, Corbett served as the head coach for the Butte Irish in the America West Hockey League from 1997-2000, earning top coaching honors in 1998. He then led the league’s Billings Bulls for a season before joining the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in 2001. After that stint, Corbett served as the director of the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association in 2002 prior to joining the Air Force staff.