I agree with comment that Middlebury AD was lazy in coach selection process (assuming they did any looking at all). How could any rational person not agree! Frankly, that is a ginormous understatement. I also agree with the “incompetent” observation in the context of this guy as coach, let alone the commander and chief of a once top hockey program.
But, if the criteria was to find a generic, non-controversial guy, with Middlebury ties, that will look the part at the local bake sale and rotary club meetings … owns a blue sports jacket, some button down shirts, a few pairs of tan kakis and corduroys, a good pair of winter gloves and a warm hat … that will do what he is told, tow the company line, never challenge the administration or admissions department … then they definitely found their guy.
He is the generic and sterile antithesis of Beaney. Congratulations! Perfect choice!
It is a perfect marriage --- made in heaven (and hockey hell). He was looking for a soft local landing, where he can mail-it-in, after a decade and a half of building a terrible resume --- really terrible actually --- trying to coach and build hockey programs. All with the apparent support of the AD and Administration.
Maybe once he settles in, he will teach a class in the spring semesters about building high performance eco systems or some other play on words. I’m sure parents dropping a quarter million dollars on a Middlebury education will be thrilled when Junior signs up for this class.
Enough --- No excuse --- fire someone please! Stop the madness!
I have to imagine that Middlebury is considered one of the very best D3 coaching opportunities in the country. It is likely a better gig than many of the D1 positions.
How on earth was this guy the best option? How?
At any rate, things are where they are … the team sits at a dismal 3-11, and is probably worse than the record indicates. There are 10 games to go. Let us fantasize for a moment that the group, in spite of the coach, pulls itself together and goes 5-5 down the homestretch. That wraps things up at 8-16. A horrific season by all measures. I suspect 5-5 is out of reach and they will go 3-7 down the home stretch and wrap things up at 6-18. This is being very optimistic.
A 19-loss season followed by an 18-loss season. Yes, you guessed it --- coach will sell this as “headed in the right direction”, an “improvement over last season”, … and on and on …
Please, someone, anyone, for the sake of history and the Hockey Gods --- do something!
On a more positive note, I am heading over to Torrey Pines for a little golf later this afternoon if the weather holds up.
If there is a god, things will run late and I will miss today’s action. Enjoy!