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Alaska-Anchorage down to finalists for second time in coaching search

Amidst controversy, Alaska-Anchorage has a group of finalists for its hockey coaching position for a second time since firing Dave Shyiak.

Alaska-Anchorage is down to six finalists that will meet UAA hockey alumni and the public in Anchorage. This is the second time a group of finalists have been announced. The first time, the decision was made to re-open the job for others to apply amid controversy surrounding Athletic Director Steve Cobb and the way the search was conducted.

Cobb has since resigned after several votes of no confidence from the Alaska State Hockey Association and former UAA players.

Former coach Dave Shyiak has been accused of assaulting Nick Haddad, a former player. Another ex-player, Mickey Spencer, wrote in an email that Shyiak swung at Haddad after the player didn't execute a drill during practice.

The six finalists for the Alaska-Anchorage coaching job:

  • Chris Brown - former UAA assistant, current head coach at Division III Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Mike Corbett - Air Force assistant since 2003, played at Denver University
  • Ron Fogarty - Only head coach in school history since 2006 at Adrian College, a Division III powerhouse in Michigan, has 145-20-6 record at Adrian, played at Colgate, has Division I experience as assistant at Colgate, Clarkson and Bowling Green.
  • Kevin Hartzell - former head coach in USHL, was with Sioux City Stampede until his termination following 2011-12 season, played at Minnesota, but has no college coaching experience, son Eric was a Hobey Baker Finalist at Quinnipiac this year.
  • Dave Peters - Dartmouth College assistant coach, formerly an assistant at Providence
  • Matt Thomas - former RIT player from school's Division III days, has coached in ECHL since 2002, including stints as head coach of Fresno and Stockton where he is currently, assistant at Maine for two seasons from 2000-2002.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter www@JeffCoxSBNation.