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Jeff Cox seems to think it'll be Eric Lang from AIC. I love this if true, dude has worked miracles at AIC, back to back 20 win seasons with one of college puck's historically worst programs, leaves no stone unturned w/r/t recruiting (really heavily recruited in Europe). Slight VT connection as he played for (and was a grad assistant to) UVM alum/former Rice coach/Burly native Gary Wright at AIC

Agree. Would be a very strong hire...would be interested to hear who the other 2 finalists were if that manages to get out somewhere. Hopefully Schulman can bring this across the finish line soon. Would be super shitty to have this info get out, be wrong, and then there is a stumbling block, which is why I'd really want to know a backup plan because this sounds like a strong option A.
 

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Well, now some reporting is coming out. Per College Hockey News it's Eric Lang, Providence Assistant/former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston and former UVM assistant/Brown head coach current USA Hockey exec Roger Grillo


Said they asked St. Louis, he said no, recommended Grillo (which he did the last time around in 2003, and got mad when they didn't) or Eric Perrin, who has no coaching experience. I know Marty loves his boys, but it seems Marty isn't too in touch with what the program needs at the moment. Brown is a shitty job for hockey but Grillo did not do well there at all and even if working in USA Hockey has allowed him to get some new connections, that just...not gonna move the needle. That's the too comfortable, too conservative and at the same time too risky hire because it's just admitting that you're holding onto old days or something. Wouldn't be a fan.

Rolston has great credentials with a long and impressive resume but has never done it at the head coaching level in college, Lang has shown he can turn around a dumpster fire program. One knock someone told me about Lang is he has only won 1 non-conference game in last 3 years. That's true, but also Atlantic Hockey plays 28 conference games while all other east coast conferences play 22-24...so less chances and they are playing generally very good nationally ranked teams. But when you only get 6 chances a year vs. UVM getting 10, you're limited in who you can schedule. Can't stick a terrible ECAC team or even recent era bad UVM teams on the schedule.

Others listed but supposedly not in the running anymore: Rick Bennett (Union head coach), Dom Ducharme (Canadiens assistant/UVM alum), Mark Dennehy (former Merrimack head coach), Rico Blasi (former Miami head coach), Cam Ellsworth (Norwich head coach)
 

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Well, now some reporting is coming out. Per College Hockey News it's Eric Lang, Providence Assistant/former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston and former UVM assistant/Brown head coach current USA Hockey exec Roger Grillo


Said they asked St. Louis, he said no, recommended Grillo (which he did the last time around in 2003, and got mad when they didn't) or Eric Perrin, who has no coaching experience. I know Marty loves his boys, but it seems Marty isn't too in touch with what the program needs at the moment. Brown is a shitty job for hockey but Grillo did not do well there at all and even if working in USA Hockey has allowed him to get some new connections, that just...not gonna move the needle. That's the too comfortable, too conservative and at the same time too risky hire because it's just admitting that you're holding onto old days or something. Wouldn't be a fan.

Rolston has great credentials with a long and impressive resume but has never done it at the head coaching level in college, Lang has shown he can turn around a dumpster fire program. One knock someone told me about Lang is he has only won 1 non-conference game in last 3 years. That's true, but also Atlantic Hockey plays 28 conference games while all other east coast conferences play 22-24...so less chances and they are playing generally very good nationally ranked teams. But when you only get 6 chances a year vs. UVM getting 10, you're limited in who you can schedule. Can't stick a terrible ECAC team or even recent era bad UVM teams on the schedule.

Others listed but supposedly not in the running anymore: Rick Bennett (Union head coach), Dom Ducharme (Canadiens assistant/UVM alum), Mark Dennehy (former Merrimack head coach), Rico Blasi (former Miami head coach), Cam Ellsworth (Norwich head coach)
a Lang HC/Perrin AC/some experienced guy as the third AC would be ideal, I feel. Lang gives you a guy who turned around a perennial punching bag, is excellent at finding diamonds in the rough w/ recruiting, and has a defined style of play (that is personally my preferred style, a European-esque puck possession style; AIC does not like dump & chase which is what we've had to put up with lately even though many of UVM's better 2010s teams were puck possession squads), and Perrin would have an opportunity to learn the coaching ropes and his link would give the new regime an instant boost w/ donors. Perrin strikes me as the sort of cerebral player who would make a fantastic coach but he's obvs in need of seasoning.

w/r/t AIC's OOC struggle...yeah, but realistically speaking AHA is always a one bid league and they dominated in league play, and their two OOC wins in the last 3 years were a NCAAT game against top-ranked St. Cloud and a road win at Penn State, and they're at least competing in these OOC games, they're not getting clobbered in the shot counts and their OOC SOS is strong as hell.

Rolston is a solid fallback if Lang doesn't work out.
 

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a Lang HC/Perrin AC/some experienced guy as the third AC would be ideal, I feel. Lang gives you a guy who turned around a perennial punching bag, is excellent at finding diamonds in the rough w/ recruiting, and has a defined style of play (that is personally my preferred style, a European-esque puck possession style; AIC does not like dump & chase which is what we've had to put up with lately even though many of UVM's better 2010s teams were puck possession squads), and Perrin would have an opportunity to learn the coaching ropes and his link would give the new regime an instant boost w/ donors. Perrin strikes me as the sort of cerebral player who would make a fantastic coach but he's obvs in need of seasoning.

w/r/t AIC's OOC struggle...yeah, but realistically speaking AHA is always a one bid league and they dominated in league play, and their two OOC wins in the last 3 years were a NCAAT game against top-ranked St. Cloud and a road win at Penn State, and they're at least competing in these OOC games, they're not getting clobbered in the shot counts and their OOC SOS is strong as hell.

Rolston is a solid fallback if Lang doesn't work out.
Agree, if Lang and Rolston are your final two you've done a good job. Different types of resumes but both ones I would easily get behind. The Grillo stuff honestly I hope is just to keep Marty happy...they should have just tried to bring him back as an assistant AD or something when Schulman bumped up and made him the sport admin for hockey so we wouldn't have this go around. If they do end up hiring Grillo, I think you'd get your wish with Perrin on staff, but man he'd really need to find someone else who can get talent in here because that just be mostly a repeat of the last 10 years. I'm sure Grillo is a great guy, but this is too important for the emotional pullings of your school's best player.

And I know goals for/against isn't always telling but one thing I do like to see is AIC has scored 100+ the last two seasons, and only allowed 75 on the year this past year.

Biggest thing is not just the guy hired but what's the assistant coaching budget going to be? They going to only go with 2 full time or have a 3rd spot that's full time but not active recruiting? How are they going to handle roster movement? No known transfers as of yet, and probably because some guys are waiting to see what happens. Can talk about incoming recruits but to me you maybe try and protect the best few, and the rest whatever, 75% of them are still like 16-17 and won't be on campus for another 3 years so doesn't matter.
 

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Two other candidates interviewed...Ben Barr an assistant from UMass and Jerry Keefe an assistant from Northeastern. Two programs that have been quite successful of late. Still put Lang and probably Rolston (better pedigree/resume diversity) over them, but would consider them better than Grillo. Have to assume this gets wrapped up either tomorrow if they know what they want, or by next week. Otherwise I'm gonna assume there are hiccups and that's not good.

Heard another player put their name in the portal too...didn't sound like it was any major loss but it'll be interesting to see how many are waiting to see who gets hired to determine what to do. Only a couple would have legit options in D1 though so in this environment they might all be looking to stay.
 

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AD is on the right track on this, IMO. I'd prefer no Grillo as a finalist but I understand at least saying he has a shot to keep key alumni happy, but Lang/Barr/Keefe/Rolston is a very strong last four. Tactics wise Lang is the best and his no-stone-unturned recruitment is nice for a small-state team trying to get back on its feet, but Barr/Keefe/Rolston have proven they can haul in talent (& Rolston has USAH connections that could potentially help out). Seems they understand how badly they need to get this right.
 

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