Friday, March 11, 2011

College Coaching Moves

Last weekend Michigan State Head Coach Rick Comley coached his last game for the Spartans as Comley is leaving (or was asked to step down depending on who you talk to) after this season. Tonight word coming down that Tim Army is giving up his bench boss duties with the Providence Friars. The official release can be found here.

Some I spoke to tonight thought it was likely that Army was approached about the change, after all his record in 6 seasons was 66-116-28 and the Friars never made it to the NCAA tournament.

I was also told that a few other schools are looking into changes. Fellow HE school Mass-Lowell could be up for a change after a 5 win - 4 in conference play, 1 on the road - dismal season. Blaise MacDonald coached his 10th River Hawks season and recorded his 5th sub .500 record. MacDonald never took the 'Hawks to a frozen four appearance like he did while guiding Niagara 12 years ago.

Jamie Russell's time with Michigan Tech could be winding down as well. 'When you only win once on home ice, it's not great for job security' I was told tonight. The Huskies were left licking their wounds for 26 straight games this year as that's how long they went without a win. They scored the 2nd least amount of goals and the 124 they gave up was easily the most in the country. Michigan Tech is limping into their playoff weekend against UND with 6-1 and 11-1 losses to the Fighting Sioux. Russell's best year with the Huskies they were 18-17-5 but 7 of his 8 years they were under .500 and only twice did they rack up double digit win totals.

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