ORONO, Maine — University of Maine men’s hockey coach Red Gendron isn’t the only Black Bears coach seeking full-time assistant coaches.

Women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley is also looking for someone to replace Linda (Consolante) Hathorn, who in February was named the head coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Hathorn is a former two-time America East defender of the year during her playing days at Maine.

“I’m in the process of hiring a new coach. Hopefully, I’ll have one within two weeks,” said Atherley.

“It’s a great opportunity. I think it’s the right job for her [Hathorn],” said Atherley. “From my standpoint, she’s exactly what they need to get the program to the next level. She’s got the right personality to instill some discipline and bring a lot of structure to the program.

“She’s got a lot of competition [in recruiting]. She’ll have to outwork a lot of schools to get competitive kids, and she can do that.”

Hathorn replaces Mike Barroqueiro, who left to become the associate head coach at North Carolina State. Barroqueiro led the Gaels to a 7-9-3 record (5-3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) last fall after a 5-10-4 season in 2011 (4-3-2 MAAC).

Iona, which will have a senior-laden team in 2013, has not had a winning season since 2005 (10-8-1).

“This is definitely a good step for me,” said the 31-year-old Hathorn. “It’s the next logical step in terms of my career. This will give me an opportunity to try out my own philosophy and apply different things I’ve learned by coaching over the years.

“The former coach did a great job getting them to work hard and raise their expectations in terms of performance. We’ll have nine seniors, and I will empower them to continue the growth they’ve already made and give them a few more tools to continue their success,” said Hathorn who worked with them during the spring season.

As for her own coaching style, Hathorn said, “You can’t have success without being defensively sound. That being said, if you just sit back (and defend), you’re bound to give up a goal.”

The 2011 University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee and former Canadian national team player said she learned a lot during her playing days at Maine and will apply that insight into her coaching career.

Hathorn received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and physical education from Maine in 2005 and has coached Canadian youth national teams. She is an assistant coach for the Under-17 national team that finished second in the CONCACAF finals in Guatemala.

She was also an assistant coach at Valparaiso, Northern Arizona and Regis College.