University of Maine to name new hockey coach Tuesday

Maine players line up for the national anthem at a hockey game at Alfond Arena this past season. - Laura Reed - UMaine Athletics

Maine is set to announce its new head hockey coach at a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday, according to a source.

According to a source, the University of Maine is expected to announce its new head hockey coach at a press conference Tuesday. Bob Corkum is currently serving as the Interim Head Coach following the ouster of Tim Whitehead after twelve years behind the Black Bears bench. Sources indicate he will not be named the permanent coach.

Mark Osiecki visited Orono this week and met with the search committee, but returned home Thursday. He is one of the two candidates for the job. Yale assistant coach Red Gendron and UNH assistant coach Jim Tortorella are rumored to be one of the other finalists.

Gendron played at Division III New England College and was a member of the Black Bears coaching staff in 1993 when Maine won the National Championship. He has Stanley Cup rings from his time on the staff of the New Jersey Devils. He has also been an assistant at UMass-Amherst.

Tortorella spent 16 seasons as the head coach of Colby College after graduating from Maine where he played goalie. He has been on the staff at New Hampshire for the past two seasons, assisting Dick Umile.

Osiecki was relieved of his duties at Ohio State last month. He has previous experience as an assistant at Wisconsin and a head coach in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Jeff Cox will have continuing coverage of the search to find a new head hockey coach at Maine. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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