University of Maine associate head men’s hockey coach Bob Corkum had a successful first stint as a national team head coach.
Corkum guided the United States team to the gold medal in the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. earlier this month.
Team USA beat the Czech Republic (5-1), Germany (4-2), Slovakia (6-4) and Switzerland (5-1) to claim the title in a tournament for players born in 1995.
Corkum had also served as the general manager as he chose a 22-man roster from a group of 180 players who participated in the Selects 16 Festival in Rochester, N.H., earlier this summer.
“It was a great experience,” said the 43-year-old Corkum, who will begin his fourth season assisting Maine head coach Tim Whitehead this fall. “It was nice to play GM and build the team and then have the chance to work with them over the course of 10 days.
“It was a challenge getting everybody on board with our systems and stuff like that but it worked out very well,” added Corkum, who was assisted by former Michigan Tech University assistant Pat Mikesch.
He said the offensive skills exhibited by his players “were as good as any I’ve seen.
“But, at this level, nobody knows how to play without the puck, particularly on the blue line,” said Corkum. “You had to work with the defensemen on playing defense and distributing the puck instead of trying to go end-to-end with it.”
He said they bought into the system and, over the last four periods, “they really came together as a team and played very well.”
He called it one of the highlights of his coaching career.
“I learned a lot in a short period of time,” said Corkum, who starred at Maine (132 points in 159 games) before putting together an impressive 720-game NHL career (200 points).
“It was very rewarding to see the team come together and win the gold medal,” Corkum added.
Veinotte, Carpenter join UM staff
Former UMaine player Courtney Veinotte of Skowhegan and Staci Carpenter have joined the Black Bears’ field hockey coaching staff.
Head coach Josette Babineau announced the hires Monday.
Veinotte, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology, begins her coaching career after playing four seasons at UMaine from 2007-10. The former midfielder and defender registered 16 goals and eight assists while playing 70 games.
The former America East All-Rookie pick was an America East all-tournament choice in 2009.
At Skowhegan, she was a two-time All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference honoree and a Miss Maine Field Hockey finalist.
Carpenter, a Belfast native, joins UMaine to work primarily with the goalkeepers. She has served as a Maine State Trooper since 2003.
Carpenter is a 2000 graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., where she earned a degree in recreation/leisure studies. She formerly was an assistant coach at Virginia Wesleyan and Virginia Commonwealth universities.
After graduating from Belfast, she spent one season at VCU before transferring to ODU and helping the Monarchs make three NCAA tournament appearances.
Carpenter, whose Belfast High jersey was retired in 1995, was named to the Maine Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Bears kick off the season Friday with a 6 p.m. home game against Northeastern.
Colby football hires Antonioni
Derek Antonioni has been hired by Colby College in Waterville as an assistant football coach.
Antonioni will work with the running backs for head coach Ed Mestieri.
Antonioni graduated from Plymouth State this year with a degree in health and physical education. He played four seasons as a linebacker during a career plagued by injuries.
Colby opens its New England Small College Athletic Conference season with a Sept. 24 home game against Trinity.