@AlaskaNanooks Opens Search for Hockey Head Coach

@AlaskaNanooks Opens Search for Hockey Head Coach

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@AlaskaNanooks Opens Search for Hockey Head Coach

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Athletics has opened a national search to permanently fill the position of head coach for the men’s ice hockey team. The Alaska Nanooks are committed to the process of finding the best possible candidate for the hockey team, its student-athletes, Alumni, boosters and fans.

“We are excited about the potential candidates to lead this program going forward,” Alaska Nanooks Interim Athletic Director Kayne Gutierrez said on Friday. “The future of Nanook Hockey is exciting and we need to ensure that the person leading that charge is the perfect fit for out student-athletes, the community of Fairbanks, UAF and the Athletic Department.”

Following the departure of former Alaska Nanooks hockey head coach Dallas Ferguson last July, assistant coach Lance West was appointed the role of Interim Head Coach shortly after. West’s interim title will remain through the month of May.

Since taking over the program last July, West led the 2017-18 Nanooks to an 11-22-3 overall mark on the season and 9-17-2-1 in conference play. Furthermore, the Nooks collected their eighth-straight Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup while 16 players were named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s All-Academic Team, four players were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes and two earned All-WCHA honors.

The Alaska Nanooks hockey team is the only NCAA Division I program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while three others (men’s and women’s Nordic ski, coed rifle) compete on a multi-divisional basis.

After falling 6-2 last Saturday (Mar. 3) to No. 3 Minnesota State in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs, the Alaska Nanooks hockey team saw the 2017-18 season come to an end.

For more information on the Alaska Nanooks hockey team, follow @NanooksHockey on Twitter or like the Alaska Nanooks Hockey team on Facebook. 

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Published at Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:46:00 +0000

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