ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The search for a new head hockey coach at UAF is beginning to take shape as the university announced it will host its two final coaching candidates on campus April 10 and 11.
The finalists are former Miami of Ohio assistant Brent Brekke and Nanooks' interim head coach Lance West.
Brekke has spent 19 seasons as a college hockey coach, most notably as an assistant for Miami of Ohio when the team went to a Frozen Four and National Championship in 2008-09.
The coaching hopeful spoke to fans at a forum on Tuesday, making his pitch for the job.
“I've got quite the experience at different levels and been part of some pretty successful teams and I feel like I am ready for the next step to take on the challenge of running my own program,” Brekke said in Fairbanks Monday.
After leading the the top defense in the nation, Brekke became the Miami of Ohio associate head coach during the 2009-10 season.
A forum for fans will also be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Patty Center for interim head coach Lance West. The current coach led the Nanooks to an 8th-place finish in the WCHA, and an 11-22-3 record.
West took over the program on a temporary basis after former head coach Dallas Ferguson resigned in 2017.
While the coaching search in Fairbanks is down to its final two candidates, UAA athletics is not commenting on its current search.
But in a recent email to KTUU the department said the decision will be made soon.
Despite no comment from the athletic department many college hockey writers continue to speculate on social media.
Source says Alaska Anchorage offered the head coaching job to Anchorage native David Carle, but he turned it down. Carle is currently an assistant at Denver.— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) April 10, 2018
Have confirmed through multiple sources that Alaska-Anchorage has offered UMass Lowell associate head coach Cam Ellsworth to be its next head coach.— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) April 10, 2018
Many believe the UAA coaching search came down to three finalists Univ. of Denver’s David Carle, University of Massachusetts-Lowell Cam Ellsworth, and Providence’s Kris Mayotte