'Red' Gendron returning to UMaine as hockey coachAP , Associated Press
May. 27, 2013 4:54 PM ET
ORONO, Maine (AP) — An assistant coach who won NCAA championships with Maine and Yale and a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils has been hired as the Black Bears' hockey coach.
Dennis "Red" Gendron, who spent the past two seasons as associate coach at Yale, which won the 2013 NCAA championship, will succeed Tim Whitehead, who was fired after 12 years, Maine president Paul Ferguson and athletic director Steve Abbott announced Monday.
Gendron, who assisted UMaine coach Shawn Walsh with the 1993 NCAA championship team, "truly appreciates both the history of this great hockey program and the potential that exists here to compete for Hockey East and national championships," Abbott said. "He is an enthusiastic competitor who loves this university and is passionate about Maine hockey."
He will be introduced Tuesday at Alfond Arena.
Gendron's coaching career took him from Bellows Free Academy in Vermont, where he won four state championships, to the NHL where he was assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils when they captured the Stanley Cup in 1995.
Besides Yale and UMaine, he's also served as an assistant hockey coach at Massachusetts. He also was a three-year hockey captain at New England College in Henniker, N.H.
All of those coaching jobs wouldn't have been possible without the time he spent at UMaine, Gendron said.
"I am fully aware of what this program means to our current players, our alumni, the university and to our fans throughout the state, and I am equally aware of the championship-caliber results they demand from their Black Bears," Gendron said in a statement.
Whitehead, who had a record of 250-171-54 at Maine, took the team to the national championship game, losing in overtime, in an emotional first season as interim coach after Walsh died from cancer Sept. 24, 2001. Whitehead later coached another championship game, and his teams made four Frozen Four appearances.
But the Black Bears had losing records for the past six seasons, finishing 11-19-8 before failing to advance in the Hockey East playoffs this past season.