Who wants the University of Minnesota Duluth womens hockey coach job?
The Bulldogs’ season is over, which means so is coach Shannon Miller’s tenure, which ends with 383 wins, 10 NCAA Division I tournament appearances and seven Frozen Fours.
UMD announced in December it would not renew Miller’s contract, which led to a flurry of accusations the action violated Title IX requirements and even that it was a response to the fact Miller is gay.
That all may get sorted out in a court case, but in the meantime, someone has to be hired to step into the mess.
Athletic director Josh Berlo tells the Duluth News Tribune today he’s not worried.
We’re an institution that is very committed to Title IX,” Berlo said. “In fact, our student-athlete population almost identically mirrors our student body population and we believe we provide a great experience for our male and our female student-athletes and I think you see that in the success a lot of our female teams have.
“We’re going to run a great process, an inclusive process. It’s going to be a thoughtful process and we’re going to select a great next leader for our women’s hockey program.”
Berlo announced a 10-member search advisory committee that consists of administrators, faculty, an area youth girls hockey coach, one former player and two current players. Eight of the 10 members are female.
Abby Strong, UMD’s assistant athletic director of compliance and summer camps, will chair the committee that will work with Black, Berlo, Karen Stromme, an associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator, and NCAA faculty athletic representative Stephen Castleberry of the school of business.
Strong says there’s “significant interest” among other coaches in the Duluth job.
Here’s the job description.
-Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited university
-3-5 years combined progressive experience as a head/assistant coach at the Division I or III levels
-Experience in recruiting female student athletes both in the United States and internationally
-Experience managing an athletics budget
-Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations
-Commitment to athletic excellence in an academic environment
-MA/MS degree from a regionally accredited University
-Experience as a student-athlete
-National Team experience
-Demonstrated ability to communicate both written and verbally
-Experience in working with diverse populations
Duties/Responsibilities This incumbent will maintain a highly competitive and successful Division I Women’s Hockey program in a manner compatible with department and University philosophy, and in compliance with NCAA and Conference rules and regulations.
-Supervises and evaluates the assistant coaches and team staff
-Plans and oversees team practices, game preparations and scouting of opponents
-Responsible for the oversight and monitoring of the academic progress of the student athletes
-Serves as an integral part of achieving fund raising, budget and community service goals and objectives
-Support the UMD Athletics mission of excellence in the Classroom, Community and Competition while furthering the strategic plan of UMD
-Other duties as assigned
Program/Unit Description Now in it’s 80th year of existence, the University of Minnesota Duluth athletics continues to reign as one of the most well-balanced and competitive programs in the Upper Midwest. UMD is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and belongs to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NCAA Division II), except for men’s and women’s ice hockey, which are aligned with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association respectively, both NCAA Division I conferences.