There are several rumors about Whitten’s coaching style, mind games and treatment of his players, that are certainly out there as well, but no first hand account as I, like yourself, have no affiliation with the team.
The results on and off the ice after 3 1/2 and the progress of this team under him, speak for themselves.
So the question becomes: Do we hire from within, like we have in the past - in which case Rich would likely be a leading candidate. Or do you hire externally again, hoping for a better initial result?
To be honest, I'm not sure which direction I would take at this point.
I wouldn't think they would form another "committee" with a former coach as the kingpin, and that selection not exactly working out very well.
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Tech is leaps and bounds above us and they think they’re having a lousy year. Minnesota St & Bowling Green are once again at the top of the league. Anchorage & LSSU are once again not in a battle for the top seed or home ice. They’re trying to catch Huntsville just to make the playoffs. What do those top programs do that the bottom teams don’t?
I'm sure a lot of it comes to funding. Both UAA and LSSU aren't doing well financially. Fairbanks isn't doing well either, but I think they funnel more money to that program than they do UAA's. The only way to fix that is to increase enrollment, really. Sure, filling Abel Arena would help, and should be the end goal, but the school needs to do something to get students interested in coming up here.
Regardless of all that, whomever is coaching next season is going to have to reach out into the community as quickly as they can to try and get the fans hyped up for next season. Radio, paper, doesn't matter. If Whitten gets an extension, he best get ahead of the way this season went - as full transparency as they can. A new coach will have to try to smooth things over, and explain how they plan to get us 1) back to where we were (i.e middle-bottom of the pack in the playoffs) and 2) Even better than before.
Back to the games at hand, the Lakers pretty much have to sweep Ferris this weekend to maintain any hope of making the playoffs. Even then they would still be a point out of the playoff race and would still probably have to put together some type of winning/unbeaten streak of several games to stay in the hunt.
Anyone else having problems with the Internet stream of the game?
I am .
I am willing to see Whitten get more time but the coaching staff needs to take a hard look at themselves and ask if they are improving or teaching the players a system they are comfortable in and if not, set up a new game plan .
I have to give the coaching staff a high five. Somehow you manged to put one horrible team out on the ice. Are you thinking play offs or hoping you don't finish in 10th place ?
The Lakers are a weak heartless team. I'm dead against Whitten getting any kind of contract extension.
At least we aren't as bad as UAA.
Originally Posted by aparch
I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"
"According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".
UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.
Anyone know why Bill Crawford hasnt done the radio play by play the last two games?
3 game's he has partially lost his voice.
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