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CC assistant search down to six finalists

Published: June 3, 2014, 1:51 pm, by Joe Paisley

Colorado College hockeyThe search for the new Colorado College hockey assistants is almost over with six finalists contending for the two openings.

New Tigers coach Mike Haviland said he hopes to make the decision soon.

“I would like to get this completed by the end of this week if we can,” he said. “We’re close to getting it done.”

Haviland would not release any names but said some of the dozens of applicants have extensive college backgrounds while others may have coached in the college and professional ranks.

“Some of the guys have a lot of college experience because I need someone like that,” the longtime pro coach said. “Most importantly, I need someone who fits CC and me so we can do our bets to help our student-athletes succeed. Some of the guys I know personally and others really had strong interviews and resumes. I think the road I’m going down is a good one.”

One name making the rounds of the rumor mill is former Denver associate coach Steve Miller.

Former CC assistant Eric Rud recently took the head women’s job at St. Cloud State while Joe Bonnett, whose name was removed from outside his former office, has not spoken publicly on his future.

The offseason changes came after longtime coach Scott Owens resigned in early April following a 7-24-6 season. Haviland’s hire was announced on May 9.

Haviland credited athletic trainer Jason Bushie and equipment manager Spud Hamilton for working with athletic director Ken Ralph to schedule the team’s travel for next season while he conducts the assistant search.

After the assistants are in place, Haviland will focus on hiring someone for the new director of hockey operations position, which handles team travel and video work. Haviland said the team’s captains will be named after the assistants are in place.