UAH Hockey Searches For A Coach

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Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) - Searching for a hockey coach is becoming a tradition for the UAH Chargers.

For the third time in the last four years, the program is having to find someone new to man the bench.  Wednesday, Kurt Kleinendorst resigned so he could be closer to his family in Salt Lake City and to return to professional hockey.

While UAH has to conduct another search, director of athletics Dr. E.J. Brophy says it should be easier to find the right coach for the job, this time.

"It's daylight and dark," said E.J. Brophy, UAH director of athletics.  "We've gone from the outhouse to the penthouse.  I said it would be like opening the gates of Heaven if we got into the WCHA.  If you're going to be in the WCHA and be in a wonderful town like Huntsville where you can wear flip-flops in February, that's a pretty good sell to young kids to Canada, the north and the east coast so there will be a lot of wonderful people interested in this job and we look forward to the candidate pool."

Dr. Brophy also says he hopes to have a coach selected by mid-July, ideally by July 4th.