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CC assistant coach search hitting high gear

By Joe Paisley Updated: May 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm 0

It has been only two weeks since Mike Haviland became the Colorado College hockey coach.

His excitement and the loads of work related to that role have not abated. The longtime pro coach has taken dozens of calls and resumes for the two open assistant roles and the new director of hockey operations position.

Haviland is looking for assistants with college experience, including those with time as a head coach.

"I want someone with strong ties with the college game to help me in my transition," he said. "But above all, I want the best possible staff so we can give the players their best chance to succeed. I want assistants who will challenge me and make us better."

He did not name candidates. Those may include CC assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud and former Denver associate coach Steve Miller, who resigned his coach/general manager position with the U.S. Hockey League expansion franchise Madison Capitols after he "decided to return to Colorado and pursue other interests at this time." His family lives in Denver.

Haviland also reached out to the incoming freshmen and other CC commits.

"They all did their homework on me," he said. "They knew about me or I knew their coach or played with or coached their dad at some point. Not one of them said they were considering pulling out of their commitment."

Haviland also met with Bonnett and Rud.

"It's an ongoing process," he said. "There is no timetable but it is my top priority so we can set up the summer recruiting schedule."

Rud is considering work elsewhere. He is one of six finalists for the open St. Cloud State women's hockey head coaching position.

Rud was a St. Cloud State men's assistant (2005-10) and at CC since June 2011. The former Tigers All-American defenseman spent the 2010-11 season leading the Green Bay Gamblers of the junior U.S. Hockey League.

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