Carlson/Coaching Search Update

Ok, lots to cover tonight, so let’s get going.

Earlier today College Hockey News’ Joe Meloni reported that UMass had offered USHL coach Mark Carlson its head coaching position.  Thus far there has been no confirmation of that report.  I personally have not been able to confirm that report either.  Meloni mentions the report of Carlson being offered in this interesting piece focusing in on how the current players are faring through all this as well as some must read quotes by Rocco Carzo on Toot’s final season as coach.

Matt Vautour posted a lengthy article on Carlson where John McCutcheon denies an offer was made, but the story does say Carlson is considered the top candidate.  In the article Carlson is endorsed by former Minuteman and Cedar Rapids RoughRider Casey Wellman (who will be staying in the Rangers organization apparently).

Earlier this story out of Iowa confirmed Carlson as interviewing for the job but had not been offered.

Overall, if reports are true that UMass is on the road to offering Carlson and he actually accepts it I’ll be very happy.  Carlson has a lot of the qualities that I was hoping for in a coach.  He’s done nothing but win in his time at the USHL, developing some of the best young American players there and at USA Hockey.  He has experience as an assistant at two Hockey East schools and played in the conference as well.  In talking to many people about him in the last two days I have yet to hear anything negative about him.  I think he’d be a great choice to lead the program going forward.  At the very least I’m happy that McCutcheon and the search committee are turning to these types of candidates versus good coaches from lesser conferences who would be an awkward fit for the UMass job.

Other UMass blogs are behind Carlson as well.

However, if he is the top candidate that doesn’t mean UMass has stopped looking at others.  USHR reported tonight at UNH Associate Head Coach Scott Borek interviewed for the position today.  Borek was a name that was speculated upon early on.  He’s been an assistant at UNH for the last 10 years and was head coach at Lake Superior State for five unspectacular seasons in the late 90s.  It sounds that other candidates have interviewed in recent days as well.

Hopefully UMass will have its coach no later than the end of the week but if fans have learned anything from this search it’s not to get your hopes up until you see someone behind a podium.

Boston University released their schedule today so the UMass schedule is almost known now.  I’ve updated the schedule page with the new dates.  It appears the three BC games will likely happen during the weekends of October 19th-20th and January 18th-19th.  Assuming two games will be played in January, that means three of the first four games will be played against BU and BC and then UNH will follow.  Trial by fire for whoever is named coach.

Some sad news recently out of Lowell where the Riverhawks lost an honorary team member to cancer.

The Kitchener Rangers out of the OHL are suing Michigan’s student paper for reporting they offered a Wolverine commit $200K to jump to major junior.  Imagine how many more players they can pay if they win the $1 million they’re seeking!

Report: Mark Carlson Offered UMass Job

College Hockey News’ Joe Meloni reported on Twitter this afternoon that Mark Carlson of the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders has been offered the UMass head coaching position. FTT will have more information as it becomes available.