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CC coach search enters next stage

Published: April 25, 2014, 11:02 am, by Joe Paisley

cc gold celebrationAll 10 candidates passed the vetting process and now the interview portion is getting underway in the Colorado College hockey coach search.

CC athletic director Ken Ralph said the advisory committee is now contacting the employer of each of the 10 candidates – except Tigers assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud – to ask for permission to interview the coach directly. Once they get it, they contact the coach, usually by phone.

“We want to do this in a professional manner,” Ralph said. “You rarely have any problem getting permission as long as you contact their department first.”

Ralph also said some coaches may be willing to talk now that their junior and professional teams are eliminated from the postseason.  He stressed that there has been no contact with former Denver coach George Gwozdecky. The Tampa Bay assistant’s season ended earlier this week in the NHL playoffs.

The job opening came about after longtime coach Scott Owens resigned after 15 seasons at the helm of his alma mater earlier this month. All 10 candidates, whittled down from a list of 60,  passed the vetting process easily.

“With the Internet now, the vetting process and reference checks are much easier,” Ralph said. “They all got through that portion easily. That makes it even tougher to decide because we love all 10 even more now.”

Ralph will be in Florida this weekend for the American Hockey Coaches Association convention and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference meetings to follow. That means the list of 10 will not be whittled down to the finalists, anywhere from two to eight, before the middle of next week. The NCHC will also consider changes to its postseason format.

One name Tiger fans can cut from their list of hopefuls – besides Gwozdecky and Air Force coach Frank Serratore – is Providence coach Nate Leaman.

“I am very happy to be at Providence and I am not involved with the CC coaching position,” he said earlier this week.