Nanooks lose Corbin, Andrea Schmidt to Minnesota ‘for new career opportunities’

After four years at Alaska, the husband-wife duo of Corbin and Andrea Schmidt have announced their resignations, with their last official day being July 22.

Corbin is currently the assistant men’s coach and Andrea is the senior woman administrator/assistant athletic director for student-athlete academic services. They will be moving onward to Minnesota for new career opportunities.

“It always hurts to lose a member of our Alaska Nanooks staff, but in this case we are losing two at the same time,” Alaska director of athletics Dr. Gary Gray said in a news release. “Although we are saddened to see Andrea and Corbin leave UAF, we are excited for them with their new professional opportunities in Minnesota. Andrea has contributed so much to our student-athletes and our entire department with her expert advising and administrative expertise, and Corbin has contributed greatly to our Nanook hockey program during his time as assistant coach by putting so much effort into his recruiting and coaching.

“We will definitely miss them both.”

In addition to serving as the SWA and student-athlete academic advisor, Andrea also served as the athletic department’s Title IX coordinator and Alaska Nanooks liaison for the Green Dot initiative on campus.

Corbin, a former Nanooks player and UAF graduate (2005), joined the men’s coaching staff under the direction of current head coach Dallas Ferguson in the fall of 2012. Among many responsibilities, Corbin’s main focuses included scheduling community engagements for the team, assisting with recruiting and overseeing the Nanooks’ defensive core.

“I’d like to thank Corbin for his contributions to the Nanook hockey program over the last four seasons,” Nanooks head coach Dallas Ferguson said in a statement. “We’re going to miss his passion for the program and the student-athletes. I’d like to wish him and his family all the best as they transition into new chapters of their lives.”