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    Hamline getting those D1 transfers is probably Darwitz's connection (or her dad's) to the MN players. Yes, it's odd to have that many D1 transfers come in, but I think Hamline already has some LU transfer(s) so they probably talked with their friends, etc, etc, etc. What is the head scratcher, though, is that Schwartzmann and Zarembinski would BOTH leave UST at that the same time. Now how does that happen? I've seen programs lose a top kid to another school (Bethel lost Larson to UST), but to lose TWO top players, in the same off-season? That is very fishy. It either says a lot about Darwitz and how she recruits, or it says a lot about Palkowski at UST and how he coaches. I think a lot of D3 coaches fly under the radar with questionable recruiting tactics and it's never talked about because it's D3 and it's not on the national scope like D1 is. But you have some schools (cough, cough, River Falls) who tell girls they have a week to decide or their spot is gone/being replaced by someone else when in fact, they are still taking recruits in (if they're good enough) all year round. I suppose at some point, a coach must decide how much he/she wants to sell their soul to win a national championship or come close to doing so.

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    The D1 transfers always perform better returning to D3 - look at Hamline's Darby Dodds, didn't score much in D1, top 5 in MIAC last year. Almost every D1 player returning to MIAC scores well. My point is, if it were JUST the D1 players coming to Hamline, they'd be improved. But add in the #2 scorer in the league (Schwartzmann) and another solid MN HS player (Zarembinski)...

    Only Gustavus can match up to those top 2 lines. Most MIAC schools can throw out one good line. Last year Gustavus and St. Thomas could throw out two. Based on their HS recruits, St. Thomas will always be okay - they seem to get the best non-D1 talent in the state (makes sense, not a tough school to get into, they have an exceptional D3 athletic department and support system). St. Thomas will just be young.

    I just think that if Hamline gets any sort of play out of it's defense, they'll be right there at the end. But Gustavus, if they stay healthy, will be real good again.

    And this might be the most posts in a thread about the MIAC. Which I enjoy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MND3Dad View Post
    Their Twitter feed reports these transfers (and I was wrong, it's 3 D-1 Transfers, I only recognized the MN players)

    The Lindenwood to Hamline pipeline:

    Xilly Lang
    Sarah Bobrowski
    Kaitlyn Davidson

    and the 3 mile jog north from St. Thomas:

    Leah Schwartzmann
    Becca Zarembinski

    they also pulled another D3 transfer from Southern Maine

    They now have two extremely solid lines. They have to figure out everything behind that, but I make them at least a co-favorite with Gustavus.
    Technically isn't Lindenwood D2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pucko View Post
    Hamline getting those D1 transfers is probably Darwitz's connection (or her dad's) to the MN players. Yes, it's odd to have that many D1 transfers come in, but I think Hamline already has some LU transfer(s) so they probably talked with their friends, etc, etc, etc. What is the head scratcher, though, is that Schwartzmann and Zarembinski would BOTH leave UST at that the same time. Now how does that happen? I've seen programs lose a top kid to another school (Bethel lost Larson to UST), but to lose TWO top players, in the same off-season? That is very fishy. It either says a lot about Darwitz and how she recruits, or it says a lot about Palkowski at UST and how he coaches. I think a lot of D3 coaches fly under the radar with questionable recruiting tactics and it's never talked about because it's D3 and it's not on the national scope like D1 is. But you have some schools (cough, cough, River Falls) who tell girls they have a week to decide or their spot is gone/being replaced by someone else when in fact, they are still taking recruits in (if they're good enough) all year round. I suppose at some point, a coach must decide how much he/she wants to sell their soul to win a national championship or come close to doing so.
    Cough cough - know someone who was approached by Concordia and told the same thing a couple of weeks ago: only has so many spots and made offers to more girls than there are spots available - first girls to commit get the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    Cough cough - know someone who was approached by Concordia and told the same thing a couple of weeks ago: only has so many spots and made offers to more girls than there are spots available - first girls to commit get the spot.
    MC at GAC is famous for over-recruiting and talking with players during tournaments when he wasn't supposed to. Nobody watches D3 coaches though so I guess it doesn't really matter.

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    When does the D3 pre-season poll get published?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    Cough cough - know someone who was approached by Concordia and told the same thing a couple of weeks ago: only has so many spots and made offers to more girls than there are spots available - first girls to commit get the spot.
    lol...sounds exactly like a certain fellow who coaches D3inVT, cough, Midd, cough, cough...you're on the clock kid, cough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call It View Post
    When does the D3 pre-season poll get published?
    Not until late October if memory serves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCheck View Post
    lol...sounds exactly like a certain fellow who coaches D3inVT, cough, Midd, cough, cough...you're on the clock kid, cough.
    The crybaby can't rely on refs to help him win recruiting battles so he tells prospects they have a timeline?! What an idiot. Does he still tell recruits that his team can beat D1 teams? Lol. That's the funniest story I heard about him.

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    Coach Mandigo hardly needs me to defend him. I never had my daughters recruited by him, but we have become friends over the years. I am sure we are all sorry your contact with Coach Mandigo was so negative as to create the venal attitude you display in your posts. Many consider his career at Middlebury, both on (541 wins) and off the ice (community involvement, FoPH, etc), as major contribution toward women's hockey as we know it in 2017.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obserbear View Post
    Coach Mandigo hardly needs me to defend him. I never had my daughters recruited by him, but we have become friends over the years. I am sure we are all sorry your contact with Coach Mandigo was so negative as to create the venal attitude you display in your posts. Many consider his career at Middlebury, both on (541 wins) and off the ice (community involvement, FoPH, etc), as major contribution toward women's hockey as we know it in 2017.
    Well said! I hope your summer is going well, and I hope to catch up with you at a game or two this Fall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CARDS_rule_the_Burgh View Post
    Well said! I hope your summer is going well, and I hope to catch up with you at a game or two this Fall!
    I hope the first game is the exhibition against Castleton on 10/21!

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    Next weekend is the NAHA Tournament and kicks off the schedule for the women's hockey season at the 19U level. I specifically chose 19U as my point of reference because I'm aware of the importance of this for NCAA teams looking to fill gaps, as time is getting thin. Any opinions on how the top end 19U teams would fare against a D3 opponent? In this order only for alphabetical reasons, Belle Tire, Boston Jr. Eagles, California Wave, Chicago Mission, East Coast Wizards, Shattuck (I'm sure I left a few out)....all really good programs with several girls committed to play in the NCAA next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymakesmebroke View Post
    Next weekend is the NAHA Tournament and kicks off the schedule for the women's hockey season at the 19U level. I specifically chose 19U as my point of reference because I'm aware of the importance of this for NCAA teams looking to fill gaps, as time is getting thin. Any opinions on how the top end 19U teams would fare against a D3 opponent? In this order only for alphabetical reasons, Belle Tire, Boston Jr. Eagles, California Wave, Chicago Mission, East Coast Wizards, Shattuck (I'm sure I left a few out)....all really good programs with several girls committed to play in the NCAA next season.
    I think it would be a good game but still think a solid D3 team would win. My daughter played in the JWHL her last year of high school and according to her, D3 was a half step faster than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTOWN View Post
    I think it would be a good game but still think a solid D3 team would win. My daughter played in the JWHL her last year of high school and according to her, D3 was a half step faster than that.
    It probably depends on the D3 program as well as some barely if at all recruit and just take what they get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giwan View Post
    It probably depends on the D3 program as well as some barely if at all recruit and just take what they get.
    Absolutely! That's why I said a 'solid' D3 program. There are some out there (no need to name them) that would have trouble with U17 teams.

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    I'm sure they will draw some qualified candidates with a Master's degree for what amounts to $9-$10/hour! SMH...

    SUNY- Buffalo State College - NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach/ Rink Assistant

    Salary: $14,500/ 10-month position/ *Benefits Eligible

    The State University of New York at Buffalo State is looking for a qualified and energetic assistant coach to join the staff of their prestige women's ice hockey program. Formerly a member of the ECAC-West, Buffalo State will proudly participate in the newly formed Northeast Women's Hockey League. Under the direction of the Head Coach, candidate will be responsible for recruitment of potential student athletes, video breakdown and administrative duties. For a full list of responsibilities see below:

    Position Summary:

    - Candidate will assist in the planning, implementing and organization of all aspects of the program including travel arrangements, strength and conditioning sessions and game management duties.
    - Candidate will be required to attend all scheduled practices, games, and team functions including fundraising and community service opportunities.
    - Candidate will aid in creating a positive, safe and competitive experience for the student athletes as well as establish team rules and enforce them.
    - Candidate will be responsible for editing and uploading game film to HUDL and other resources for player and staff access.
    - Candidate will be required to travel and attend recruiting events and tournaments with Head Coach. Candidate also may be requested to act on behalf of the program as a representative at said events alone.
    - Candidate will be responsible for assisting in the organization of PSA's official and un-official campus visits, campus tours and meetings.
    - Candidate will assist in the academic monitoring of current student athletes as well as any other administrative duty assigned by the Head Coach.
    - Candidate will have secondary role of assisting in rink management. Tasks not limited to; Zamboni driving, supervision of rink and public skate sessions and Zamboni maintenance.

    Position Requirements:

    - In depth knowledge of hockey, recruitment demographics and NCAA D3 compliance rules.
    - Prior experience working with, training or coaching female student athletes.
    - 2+ years of coaching experience at the High School, Prep, ACHA, or NCAA level.
    - Bachelor's Degree for an accredited college, Master's preferred.
    - USA Hockey CEP Level 2 or Higher or Canadian NCCP equivalent.
    - Proven successful record of recruiting highly skilled student athletes.
    - Strong attention to detail, positive outlook, hardworking and takes direction well.
    - Capable of being a positive representation of SUNY-Buffalo State core principles, ethics and mission statement on and off campus.
    - Zamboni driving experience a +++

    APPROX START: September 11th, 2017

    Please forward cover letter, resume and contact information for 2 references to Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach: Jennifer Wilson at wilsonje@buffalostate.edu.

    Posted on 08/22/2017 (List until 10/01/2017)

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    This is laughable. My favorite is the whole Zamboni maintenance thing. So they want a coach, academic coordinator, recruiter and auto mechanic all for the low low price of $14,500? That's absurd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    This is laughable. My favorite is the whole Zamboni maintenance thing. So they want a coach, academic coordinator, recruiter and auto mechanic all for the low low price of $14,500? That's absurd.
    I am trying to figure out what is worse: the fact that they are looking for someone with those qualifications for a salary of $14,500, or the fact that they are likely to find someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_TG View Post
    This is laughable. My favorite is the whole Zamboni maintenance thing. So they want a coach, academic coordinator, recruiter and auto mechanic all for the low low price of $14,500? That's absurd.
    I hope its a GA position with a tuition rebate. if not....good luck.

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