Mike Corbett is the new head hockey coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
The long time Air
Force Academy associate/assistant coach,
who also interviewed for the Alaska Anchorage job that eventually went to Matt Thomas, took over at UAH earlier this week
from Kurt Kleinendorst, who resigned after one year in Huntsville to pursue
professional coaching opportunities.
A Green Bay native, Corbett earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees
from Denver where he played four seasons on the Pioneer blueline (1993-1997) and
was a two-time all-conference academic team choice. He then spent four seasons
as a junior head coach in the American West Hockey League before returning to the
college ranks at AFA in 2003.
Corbett, 41, served as the primary defensive coach during
his 10-year tenure at Air Force, and also helped the Falcons to five Atlantic Hockey
tournament championships and five NCAA tournament appearances. Those national
berths included the East Region final in 2009, where AFA came within an overtime goal
of going to the Frozen Four.
UAH begins the 2013-14 campaign, its first in the revamped
Western Collegiate Hockey Association, on Oct. 11-12 at Northeastern.