The College of Maine has begun the seek for a girls’s ice hockey head coach to exchange Richard Reichenbach, who resigned final week alongside together with his assistant, Sara Reichenbach, who can be his spouse.
“We’re on the lookout for a everlasting coach, not an interim coach or somebody on a one-year trial,” UMaine director of athletics Ken Ralph mentioned.
Information of the Reichenbachs’ resignations emerged on July 29, only a month earlier than the group will maintain its first follow of the yr. Ralph mentioned he was not at liberty to debate the explanations behind the Reichenbachs’ resignations.
Ralph and Samantha Hegmann-Cautious, UMaine’s affiliate athletic director for compliance and senior girls’s administrator, will head up the search committee.
“Now we have already reached out to various people who’re within the job,” mentioned Ralph, who added that they’ve additionally been contacted by a number of potential candidates.
“There was vital curiosity. I’ve been very pleasantly stunned,” he added. “Observe begins in lower than 4 weeks and we count on to have a coach previous to the beginning of follow.”
Richard Reichenbach, who joined the employees as an assistant coach earlier than changing into the top coach 9 years in the past, compiled a report of 105-155-28, together with a 72-117-24 report in Hockey East common season video games.
The Black Bears have had a powerful playoff run the previous three seasons as they reached the semifinals all three years after upsetting higher-seeded opponents on the street within the quarterfinals, going 4-0.
The group has a strong nucleus returning after going 15-19-1 a yr in the past, 12-13-1 in Hockey East play.
Richard Reichenbach made $69,999.96 this previous yr and Sara Reichenbach made $44,607.58.
The varsity is working towards “making the compensation extra aggressive” amongst Hockey East coaches, Ralph mentioned.
Bangor native Morgan Trimper, a senior heart, is captaining the group.
Ralph held a video name with the gamers and mentioned they’re dealing with the scenario effectively.
“They had been very composed, very respectful and had nice vitality,” mentioned Ralph.
Along with the Reichenbachs, the opposite full-time assistant, Trey Flesch, who had been with this system for 4 years, left to take an identical job at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“We’ve had good success hiring coaches of late. Now we have a superb group of coaches and we wish the brand new coaches to affix them,” Ralph mentioned.
UMaine males’s hockey coach Ben Barr will start his second season this fall and soccer coach Jordan Stevens and males’s basketball coach Chris Markwood will probably be of their first seasons.
Members of the UMaine males’s hockey teaching employees will probably be concerned within the hiring course of to assist vet candidates, mentioned Ralph, who additionally praised UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy for serving to expedite the search course of.