The College of Maine introduced on Wednesday that UMass affiliate head coach Ben Barr has change into the fifth head males’s hockey coach within the faculty’s historical past. Barr takes over within the Maine after the sudden, tragic dying of head coach Crimson Gendron earlier this spring.
Barr has solely served as an assistant on the school stage, however the resume he has constructed as maybe the highest recruiter in school hockey makes it a bit shocking that it has taken him this lengthy to get an NCAA head teaching job.
He started his profession as an assistant coach at Union Faculty from 2008 to 2012, recruiting a lot of the workforce, together with Shayne Gostisbehere, that will go on to win the 2013 nationwide championship.
His subsequent cease was following Nate Leaman to Windfall Faculty from 2012 to 2014, once more, recruiting the inspiration of the workforce that will win a nationwide championship in 2015.
From 2014 to 2016, he labored for Western Michigan below Andy Murray, his former coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s,
After leaving Western Michigan, he took his most up-to-date place as affiliate head coach on Greg Carvel’s workers at UMass, taking part in a big position within the unimaginable turnaround of that program, which culminated in successful this 12 months’s nationwide title.
Barr’s potential to seek out expertise and mould it into success on the collegiate stage is plain. He’ll nonetheless face an uphill activity at Maine, the place the Black Bears have struggled in recent times to maintain up with the remainder of Hockey East after the emergence of packages like UMass, UMass Lowell, Windfall, and Northeastern, alongside conventional powers like Boston Faculty and Boston College. However Barr has a resume filled with fast turnarounds at colleges with far much less historical past and status than Maine, and if he is ready to replicate that success, he may return the Black Bears to being a nationwide energy.