UMD Opens Women’s Hockey Coaching Search
School Accepting Applications to Replace Shannon Miller
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UMD’s Women’s Hockey team wasn’t one of the eight teams picked for the NCAA tournament, so the University officially started looking to replace Shannon Miller.
The school posted the head women’s hockey coaching job Monday. Interested coaches have 30 days to apply, but they will need to be qualified.
Among the qualities UMD is looking for include three to five years as a college coach as well experience recruiting female athletes. It also wouldn’t hurt to have played in college as well as have national team connections.
Whomever UMD picks has some large skates to fill.
Miller coached the Bulldogs for the first 16 years of the program’s existence, and won five national titles at UMD.
The search committee charged with picking Miller’s replacement is led by Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Abbey Strong, a former Division I hockey player at North Dakota.
Stong says coaches have already been in contact.
“I believe in UMD and I believe in the success of our student athletes,” said Strong. “Early indications show a significant amount of interest in this position from both head coaches and assistant coaches at the Division I and Division III level.”
The search committee also includes current bulldogs Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Sidney Morin, both sophomores, as well as former players, coaches, staff members and other key members of the UMD administration.
The committee is made up of eight women, and two men.
Athletic Director Josh Berlo says the makeup made sense, and isn’t in response to criticism.
“It’s a women’s sport, so we were seeking expertise on Women’s Hockey,” said Berlo.
On why current players are on the committee, Berlo added “It’s important that student-athletes have a voice in a coaching hire. It’s someone they will spend a lot of time with, it’s likely someone who will be a strong mentor and leader for them. We’re going to run a great process, an inclusive process. It’s going to be a thoughtful process, and we’re going to select the next great leader for our Women’s Hockey program.”
Both Berlo and Strong say the committee hopes to have finalists recognized by mid-April.