CC Assistant Coach Applies For Omaha Opening

(left) CC assistant coach Mike Guentzel says he will apply for the vacant University of Nebraska Omaha position

From: Duluth News

As Nebraska-Omaha thinks about joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the selection process for hiring a new coach at the school is picking up steam.

The Omaha World-Herald has listed a number of potential Omaha candidates, but only Colorado College assistant Mike Guentzel, 46, has said publicly he would apply.

Guentzel, whose son Gabe is a freshman defenseman at CC, spent the last 14 seasons (1994-2008) as an assistant at the University of Minnesota and played an instrumental role in steering the Gophers to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003

Minne­sota Duluth assistant Steve Rohlik is being mentioned as a candidate to replace former coach Mike Kemp.

Others mentioned are Minnesota assistant Mike Hastings, 43, who was head coach of the U.S. Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers for 14 years; Boston University assistant and former Omaha assistant David Quinn, 42; former North Dakota and NHL coach Dean Blais, 58, now with the USHL’s Fargo Force; Miami of Ohio assistant Chris Bergeron, 38; and New Hampshire assistant David Lassonde, 46.

New Omaha athletic director & former ESPN pretty boy Trev Alberts has appointed a search committee, which includes Kemp. In his associate athletic director position, Kemp, 56, who was head coach for 12 years, will oversee the hockey program.

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