Great... Another year of a disconnected head coach. Thanks Marty!
"If I go, there will be trouble"
"And if I stay it will be double"
Another rough year and then a rebuild...
I picked that song for a bunch of reasons.
As for what's one more year? It's at least two more years tacked onto the rebuild...
Last edited by Dan; 03-15-2017 at 05:27 PM.
Yup, another year of mediocrity at best because someone doesn't know when to hang it up. As a newer fan of the tean it's getting harder to have respect for what he did in the past when he is holding the team back. There is no up side to him remaining as the head coach at this point.
That sound you heard was Danny Tirone exhaling
UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"
Somehow I'd hoped Umile had some introspection and sense of what was best for the team. Once again, he's demonstrated a clear lack of both qualities.
Let's parse the bs in the release
I remember the 2015 release saying Mike would have an opportunity if things continue going as expected. Apparently, running the program into the ground with two 10th place finishes is exactly what they had in mind to entitle Mike to the job.DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire director of athletics Marty Scarano announced Wednesday that UNH men's hockey Head Coach Dick Umile will retire following the 2017-18 season. Associate Head Coach Mike Souza will become the head coach at that time.
Are you delusional enough to think a 10th place team that loses its main scorer and Hobey candidate, and its sole decent defenseman, has NCAA aspirations? Let me stop laughing."Coach Umile and I spoke about how this next season will be spent continuing the effort to re-build UNH hockey into a national caliber program that competes in the NCAA tournament and the Frozen Four," Scarano said. "That has been, and always will be, our aspiration. We are fortunate to have Mike Souza here changing the culture in recruiting and gaining more invaluable experience to become the 14th head coach of UNH hockey at the completion of the 2017-18 season."
"I'm excited to come back for the final season of my contract and still have a strong desire to win," Umile said. "With a strong nucleus returning and exciting newcomers on the way, we are determined to get UNH hockey back to the level of annually competing in the NCAA tournament."
"We look forward to the challenge of reaching NCAAs next year and our focus is on having the program in great shape when Mike Souza takes over as head coach," Umile said.
Oh, is he really at 586 wins? Wow, that is surprisingly close to 600 wins.Umile, who just completed his 27th season as head coach in 2016-17, is ranked ninth all-time and fourth among active Division I head coaches in victories (586), and his .611 winning percentage ranks 11th among active D-I coaches.
Yes, Dick Umile has worked hard to portray himself as UNH hockey. Keep repeating it enough."Dick Umile is one of collegiate hockey's iconic coaches and, in many ways, is in fact 'UNH Hockey'," Scarano said.
Yes, what better way to make inroads in recruiting than having a deadweight 68 year old coach who barely cared about recruiting when the potential recruits might play for him. Let's instead hang another 10th place finish for Mike to trot out on the road, trying to recruit when its not really his strength, while working without the benefit of an assistant who might actually have that skill."I am confident next season will be one in which we build from within, make inroads in recruiting and continue to bolster an exciting future."
That Umile is willing to drag Souza down with him, solely to earn that last buck, says a lot about him.
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-15-2017 at 06:40 PM.
Funny how the tweets from some hockey bloggers are calling out those who disapprove of the decision as "haters" yet they are the same people who have criticized UNH hockey, both players and coaches in their tweets and blog posts? Ho hum.
Last edited by HockeyRef; 03-15-2017 at 07:38 PM.
Look, as I said before, I'd be disappointed if Umile refused to take the money and still retire. But I'd also be disappointed if UNH said, no, you have to coach in order to receive the money. I suppose two years ago Marty could have fired Umile, he's certainly wasn't averse to doing it in other sports. The three year deal was a compromise solution. And usually compromise solutions don't please diehards on either side of the equation.
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