June 06, 2020

Former UM hockey players possibilities to get assistant post

University of Maine men’s hockey coach Tim Whitehead said he is hoping to name a replacement for associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Guy Perron within two weeks.

Perron announced last week he has taken a position as a scout with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Grant Standbrook, volunteer assistant and former associate head coach/recruiting coordinator, had also announced his intention to retire.

The search committee will convene on Tuesday and Whitehead said the selection procedure will move quickly.

Perron earned $81,000 last season.

“Guy was great. He did a fabulous job recruiting,” said Whitehead. “It wasn’t easy to fill Grant’s shoes. He picked up where Grant left off. He put us in position to recruit some of the top players in the country.”

Standbrook, who spent 18 years as the associate head coach/recruiting coordinator before cutting back and serving as the volunteer assistant the past two years, may or may not be replaced, according to Whitehead.

“We aren’t going to add a volunteer assistant just for the sake of adding one. If we’re able to add a great volunteer assistant, we will,” said Whitehead.

Like Perron, Standbrook will be difficult to replace.

“In my opinion, Grant has been the common denominator behind Maine’s tremendous success the last 20 years spanning Shawn [the late Shawn Walsh] and my time here,” said Whitehead, referring to Maine’s 11 Frozen Four appearances and two NCAA championships.

There are five former Black Bears who are coaching in the Northeast who could be in the running for Perron’s position.

Bob Corkum has been the associate head coach of the New Hampshire Monarchs in the Eastern Junior Hockey League the last two years. Scott Pellerin has spent two years as an assistant coach with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Jim Montgomery has been an assistant for ECAC team Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the last two seasons. Jack Capuano was the first-year head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL in 2007-2008 after being an assistant with the Sound Tigers and the parent New York Islanders. Dan Murphy is the longtime head coach at the Taft [Prep] School in Connecticut.

Corkum, Pellerin, Montgomery and Capuano all played in the NHL.

Corkum’s son, Kelen, has verbally committed to play at Maine in two years.

Whitehead said his lone returning assistant, Dan Kerluke, has received a significant raise, which he feels is well deserved.

He wouldn’t list specifics.

Kerluke will be in his third season as a full-time assistant after serving as a volunteer assistant.

“Dan has done a fabulous job. The last few years, he has established himself as one of the top young coaches in college hockey,” said Whitehead. “He is a fantastic recruiter and has proven that he can take the lead in the recruiting aspect. But both assistants will share the recruiting, coaching and videotape responsibilities.”

Belcher earns another award

University of Maine defensive end Jovan Belcher was recently named a preseason All-American by the Sporting News as well as the top defensive player in the Colonial Athletic Association by the magazine.

He was the only defensive player from the CAA chosen.

The Sporting News also praised the Black Bears defensive front, stating, “Senior nose tackle Jonathan Pirruccello of Turner and junior end Jordan Stevens of Temple join Belcher on a line that may be the CAA’s finest.”

The Bear co-captain has received several preseason honors, including being chosen to two All-American teams.

The CAA’s coaches and selected media members picked him as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Belcher, a converted linebacker, registered a career-high 85 tackles last year, including 17 for losses and 10 sacks.

He earned two All-American honors and was a first team All-CAA and All-ECAC choice.

Cherryfield native gets Colby job

Cherryfield’s Casey Kelley, who was a four-time all-New England Small College Athletic Conference and All-State selection in track at Bowdoin College, has been named an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track teams at Colby College in Waterville.

Kelley holds Bowdoin College records in both the indoor (36-foot-91/2) and outdoor (38-10) triple jumps.

Kelley received her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin in 2002 and a master’s from Stanford in 2007.

As a senior at Harrington’s Narraguagus High School, Kelley set the state record in the outdoor triple jump with a jump of 36-21/2 in the state meet. She also notched a second in the 100-meter hurdles and thirds in the javelin and the 300 hurdles.

Weston Colby’s head trainer

Tim Weston, a certified athletic trainer since 1988, has been named the head athletic trainer at Colby College. The 1988 University of Maine graduate replaces Tim Adams, who retired after 28 years of service.

Weston was a C.A.T. for New York Yankees minor league affiliate Oneonta (N.Y.) before being promoted to the Albany-Colonie (N.Y.) Yankees in 1989. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from UMaine in 2004.

He and his wife Karin live in Waterville with children Abigail and Sofie.

Felician hires Madison’s Wilder

Madison native Sarah Wilder has been hired by Felician College (N.J.) as an assistant athletic trainer. The 2005 University of Maine graduate comes to Felician after serving as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., the last two years. Felician is an NCAA Division II member school.

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