ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb announced today four finalists for the Seawolves’ hockey head coaching position. Those finalists are Chris Brown, Michael Corbett, Gary Heenan and Damon Whitten.
A former UAA assistant coach (1997-2000), Brown has spent the last 13 years as a college head coach at NCAA III institutions Marian College in Wisconsin (2000-2004) and Augsburg College in Minnesota (2006-present). Brown, who was assistant captain for the 1994 NCAA III hockey national champion Wisconsin-River Falls team, earned his bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin-River Falls in 1994 and his master’s degree from Marian College in 2003.
Corbett has been with the hockey program at the United States Air Force Academy for the past 10 years – serving as assistant coach from 2003-2012 and for the past year as associate head coach. He was two-time alternate captain for the University of Denver hockey team (1992-97) and was a finalist for the 1997 NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree from DU in 1996 and his master’s degree from DU in 1998.
Heenan has served has head hockey coach at NCAA III Utica College in New York for the past 13 years and, prior to that, served as assistant hockey coach at Hamilton College in New York. A four-year letterwinner on the Hamilton hockey team (1994-1997) he earned his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in 1998 and his master’s degree from Utica College in 2005.
Whitten served as assistant hockey coach at UAA from 2006-2008. Since that time he was director of hockey operations at Michigan State from 2008-2010 and, since 2010, has served as assistant coach at Michigan Tech. Prior to his stint at UAA, he was graduate assistant at Michigan State 2003-2004 and was assistant hockey coach at Wayne State 2004-2006. A four-year letterwinner and assistant captain for the Michigan State hockey team (1997-2001), he earned his bachelor’s degree from MSU in 2001 and his master’s degree there in 2005.
Following initial phone interviews, finalists will be brought to campus for in-person interviews. During the on-campus interview process, an open forum will be scheduled for the public to meet each candidate.