July 8, 2013 Updated: July 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Alabama-Huntsville announced the hiring of Air Force associate coach Mike Corbett as the program’s next head coach Monday.
Corbett spent the past 10 years as an assistant at Air Force, including serving as the team’s associate head coach in the 2012-13 season.
“Mike Corbett has spent the last decade recruiting elite young men to the United States Air Force Academy and winning championships,” Alabama-Huntsville athletic director Dr. E. J. Brophy said. “We are very confident that he is the man to lead Charger hockey into the prestigious WCHA [Western Collegiate Hockey Association] and back to winning on a consistent basis here at UAH.”
During Corbett’s time with the Falcons, the team won five Atlantic Hockey Association tournament championships and also appeared in the NCAA tournament five times with berths in 2007-09 and 2011-12. Winners of the AHA regular-season title in 2009 and ’12, Air Force ranks in the top 10 in the country in winning percentage during the past seven seasons while stringing together seven consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.
The former Denver defenseman and two-time alternate captain led the Air Force blue-line corps, and the team established records for fewest goals allowed per game in three consecutive seasons from the 2006-09. Under his watch, the Falcons developed three AHA Defensemen of the Year and the Air Force consistently ranks among the best in the nation in fewest shots allowed per game.
The team also featured two AHA Player of the Year honorees, three Division I All-Americans and 17 all-conference selections. The Falcons also had the only Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist in AFA history.
Corbett was a defensive force during his playing days at Denver from 1992-97, and a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member. Additionally, in 1997 he was a finalist for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. He graduated from Denver in 1996 before also earning his master’s degree in 1998.
After his time in Denver, Corbett served as the head coach for the Butte Irish in the America West Junior Hockey League from 1997-2000, earning AWHL Coach of the Year honors in 1997-98. He then led the league’s Billings Bulls for a season before joining the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in 2001. After that stint, Corbett served as the director of the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association in 2002 prior to joining the Air Force staff.