Will former Triton legend Bob Corkum become the next head coach of the University of Maine Black Bears?
With the recent buyout of former 12-year head coach Tim Whitehead and the announcement Corkum was tagged as the interim head coach after serving previously as the associate head coach since 2008, the former NHL veteran seems to be in a great position to take over his dream job at his alma mater.
“It’s just a tag, there’s a lot going on that we had to analyze last week, especially in terms of keeping the recruits on board and assuring them things are going to be OK,” said Corkum of the past week. “Obviously, coaching at your alma mater, I can’t think of anything that is more exciting, but at this point the university is going through the search process, and I am going to have to apply like everyone else. At the end of the process, they’ll hire a candidate.”
For many reasons, Corkum would appear to have the inside track. Coming out of Triton, Corkum led UMaine to its first three trips in the NCAA tournament and its first two appearances in the Frozen Four in 1988 and ’89, both years as a team captain. Following up a terrific collegiate career, Corkum played 12 seasons in the NHL with seven different teams, and has since built a terrific coaching resume from USA Hockey back to his alma mater.
And having spent five seasons already back at UMaine, the interim head coach knows the ropes from the types of players on his roster to how the administration operates.
“I think they’re certainly looking for a fresh approach, and I do have the inside track to the players,” Corkum said. “I know what they’re very good at, and I know their faults as well as the incoming class and future recruits. I think I have knowledge of how the system works, in house the way the administrators work, the challenges we have within our budget being at Maine and not being as affluent as some of the big money schools if you will. I understand all those things.