From recruiting to in-game strategy, coaches lead every aspect of a NCAA college hockey program. In this podcast, College Hockey Inc. sits down with head coaches across men's Division I hockey to discuss their approach to their roles. Conversations cover their background, their motivation, and even what life in their programs is like for players - from the perspective of the men at the top.
Mike Hastings, Minnesota State
As the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase gets underway, we present our visit with the head coach of the 2019 United States National Junior Team, Mike Hastings of Minnesota State. The seventh-year head coach of the Mavericks took over in Mankato after a very successful USHL career, and he has produced 20-win seasons every year. Hastings talks about the start of his coaching career, his inspirations and his philosophy in building a program at Minnesota State.
Trevor Large, Canisius
The College Hockey Coaches Show visits with one of the game's newest head coaches, Trevor Large of Canisius, who takes over after three years as an assistant with the Griffins. Large played at Ferris State - which has quickly become a cradle of future coaches - and talks about the impact that experience had on him, as well as what he learned from stops at AIC and Army before arriving in Buffalo.
Scott Sandelin, Minnesota Duluth
In 17 years at Minnesota Duluth, Scott Sandelin has won a national title and built a program that annually contends for more. In this episode we discussed the Bulldogs' identity, his biggest coaching influences, the team's relationship with the city and his experience as the parent of a Division I recruit.
Jim Montgomery, Denver
Third-year Denver head coach Jim Montgomery transitioned behind the bench after a stellar playing career that included a national title at Maine. He talks about his inspiration to become a coach, his communication style with his players and how he draws upon his playing career now in this episode of the College Hockey Coaches Show.
Learn more about Montgomery by following him @DUCoachMonty or by visiting denverpioneers.com.
Ryan Donald, Yale University
We visit with an assistant coach for the first time in this special edition of the College Hockey Coaches Show, as Yale's Ryan Donald joins the podcast. Donald - in his first year coaching his alma mater - recently shared the story of his junior hockey experience in a story on collegehockeyinc.com. We chat with him about that story, plus his coaching career to this point.
My Journey: Ryan Donald: http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/my-journey-ryan-donald
David Quinn, Boston University
Boston University head coach David Quinn got an early start to his coaching career when a health condition prevented him from playing beyond college. Since then the Terrier alum has coached in college, at the NTDP, in the AHL and the NHL. He returned to BU in 2013 and talks here about his path, what he hopes to instill in his players, and some of the challenges that come with the kind of recruiting success he and his staff have enjoyed.
To learn more about Quinn and the Terriers, visit goterriers.com.