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Ex-Denver coach, BC assistant among three finalists for UConn hockey coaching post

University of Denver Photo | BDN
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George Gwozdecky
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

STORRS, Conn. — Deposed University of Denver hockey coach George Gwozdecky is one of three finalists for the head coaching job at the University of Connecticut, according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

Boston College assistant and Bowdoin College graduate Mike Cavanaugh, who just completed his 18th season at BC, and former Providence College assistant David Berard are the other finalists.

Gwozdecky, who will turn 60 on July 17, interviewed on Thursday while Berard and Cavanaugh were on campus for their interviews earlier this week.

Berard is the interim head coach at UConn. He took over the head coaching duties on Nov. 5 after head coach Bruce Marshall announced he was taking a medical leave. Marshall resigned on Jan. 7 and Berard became the interim coach.

An announcement could come as early as Tuesday.

UConn became a Division I program prior to the 1998-99 season after being in Division III but hasn’t had athletic scholarships while playing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and then Atlantic Hockey.

However, UConn will join Hockey East in 2014-2015 and will have the full complement of 18 athletic scholarships allowed under NCAA guidelines.

UConn went 19-14-4 this past season in Atlantic Hockey and earned the fourth seed before sweeping Robert Morris in the quarterfinals and then being eliminated by Mercyhurst in the semifinals.

Gwozdecky went 443-267-64 in his 19 seasons at Denver and had one year left on his contract when he was released by Denver after contract negotiations broke down. He has won 20 or more games in his last 12 seasons and won back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005.

Including his five seasons at Miami prior to his time in Denver, he has a 593-391-85 record.

His 573 wins puts him 11th on the list of all-time victories by a college hockey coach.

Gwozdecky said last month that he wanted to continue coaching and one of the jobs he was interested in was the Maine job.

Maine fired head coach Tim Whitehead after 12 seasons and they currently have a search committee seeking to replace him.

The school is hoping to name a coach before the end of the month.

Maine recruit decommits

According to the Maine Hockey Journal, 5-foot-10, 176-pound forward Nick Roberto has decommitted from the University of Maine after the firing of Whitehead.

Roberto, who was scheduled to attend Maine beginning in the fall of 2014, had 23 goals and 25 assists in 29 games for Kimball Union Academy (N.H.) this past season.

Roberto cited Whitehead’s firing as being the primary reason he decided to decommit.

The College Hockey News reported that Roberto has since committed to Boston University.

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