This morning’s Daily News-miner article on season tickets referred to Lance West as the “interim” head coach again. I emailed the reporter and asked him to confirm Coach West’s status. He said he reached out to UAF and confirmed that Lance West is the interim coach on a one year contract.
The distinction between an “interim” head coach and a permanent head coach is a pretty significant difference IMHO, and I’m somewhat surprised that little detail was left out the University’s press release. If they plan to do a national search they missed a great opportunity with all the free press in most hockey circles to give prospective applicants something to start thinking about over this next year. We are not a good fit for everyone. Prospective applicants need to start researching the program, community, recruiting footprint, shoestring budget support, etc and see if they still want to apply. Lance would still be a strong candidate, but if you're going to do a search, be up front about it.