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    Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    New coach announced for the Friars:

    http://www.friars.com/sports/w-hocke...061818aab.html

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    Re: Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    Very interesting hire.....should be able to bring in some USA players you would think.
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    Have to really question the AD on this move. He had a veteran coach with the program on the right track and the AD replaces him with somebody who has never been a head coach and no playing career to speak of. As a scout for USA Hockey you have no relationship with the players, so that point is worthless.

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    Re: Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by In the blue View Post
    Have to really question the AD on this move. He had a veteran coach with the program on the right track and the AD replaces him with somebody who has never been a head coach and no playing career to speak of. As a scout for USA Hockey you have no relationship with the players, so that point is worthless.
    I agree...even if it was time for a change, they could have done better on a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WH Fan View Post
    I agree...even if it was time for a change, they could have done better on a replacement.
    You'll get no argument from me (I know....how often have I said that on this forum?! ). Seriously though, this move doesn't add up. Something must have happened behind the scenes for BD to have been fired. Maybe the players ganged up and complained about him. It obviously wouldn't be the first time!
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    Re: Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    If this was men's hockey, would anyone question replacing a coach that just had his first winning season since 2010-11? I wouldn't have had a problem with Deraney continuing as coach at PC, but they may have felt that after 20 years, one NCAA bid, and not making a HEA semi since 2013, it was time to try something else.

    As for Kelly, he is at least familiar with the talent pool and has contacts in the coaching community. That has value. He is respected by other college coaches, if not by those who post here.
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    And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling

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    Re: Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    I remember reading similar comments when UMD hired Maura Crowell. I donít know enough about the former coach to comment but Kellyís time with USA hockey and the connections he has made can only be a plus. Time will tell.

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    Re: Providence Friars 2018 / 2019

    I can't speak to why Deraney got fired but I know from at least one player on that team that is very upset that he is gone. Personally, I think Matt Kelly is a GREAT hire for Providence. He's very personable and clearly has connections throughout the US. I'll take gentlemanly wagers that we'll look back in 3 or 4 years and think he was a great hire!

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