Thursday, July 19, 2007

Official: New Assistant Coach

Readers of Tech Still Sucks were alerted earlier this week that the hockey department had narrowed their selection to Rob Facca, a current volunteer assistant for the University of Nebraska Omaha hockey team. (See post below)

Readers of the Mining Journal saw that the news was made official by NMU yesterday, and Rob will be joining the staff of the 'Cats this August.

The one "wish list" item that was not fulfilled by this hiring was goaltending experience. This will not detract from the hiring in any way, as it has been a wish list item for many years. Rob was the best candidate available for the position, and his experience with the USHL will be a benefit for recruitment.

Rob is no stranger to NMU hockey; Former winger Ed Ward and Rob are good friends.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Assistant Coach Search Update

The list of candidates for the Assistant Coach position left by John Olver this spring has been narrowed. From the very short list there is one name that has become the leading candidate for this position: Rob Facca.


While seemingly unknown among the fans of college hockey, Rob has been involved with many college hockey staffs with his work for USHL, North American Jr hockey, and volunteer work for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His strength with the Wildcats will be in his recruiting ability, a trait that the two former assistant coaches have had.

In other news, Phil Axtell has indeed transfered to NMU from Michigan Tech and will be sitting out this season per NCAA rules. No word if "Living in Houghton for a year" is considered a hardship by the NCAA. (See NCAA Rules 14.2.4 (a.k.a. "The Andrew Contois Rule"))