Wisconsin’s Johnson had a Penn State offer; gets extension

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday that Wisconsin women’s coach Mark Johnson was offered the Penn State men’s job last week, but declined and has signed a contract extension with the Badgers. The story says Johnson has a four-year contract through 2015 with an annual salary in excess of $150,000. The Penn State offer, made last week before Princeton’s Guy Gadowsky was hired, was confirmed by Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, said the State Journal.

Alvarez says he could not match any contract figure Penn State would offer a men’s coach,  but according to the State Journal story, Alvarez listed Johnson as the highest-paid Division I women’s coach.

Minnesota Duluth’s Shannon Miller had a base salary of $180,000 in 2010-11 and is under contract through 2012-13. She signed a contract extension in August of 2009.

UMD’s Scott Sandelin, who was a Penn State candidate, had a base salary of $160,000 for 2010-11 and is negotiating a contract extension. His current two-year contract is through 2011-12.

The Wisconsin State Journal story is here.

Goucher reviews Boston 2011

Former Duluthian Kara Goucher of Portland, Ore., takes a look at her fifth-place finish in the 2011 Boston Marathon on April 18 in a blog post at Competitor.com. It is interesting to read how an elite athlete handles a challenging day….much the same way a citizen runner does. She wanted to stay as strong as possible, think positive thoughts and finish. Her goal is to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s marathon, and if she does so, likely will run in the 2012 USA Half-Marathon Championships that year in June in Duluth. Goucher’s post is here.

Grandma’s Marathon No. 17 in U.S.

Running USA reports that Grandma’s Marathon ranked No. 17 in the United States in 2010 in timed finishers. Here’s a Top 20 list:

2010 U.S. Largest Marathons by Number of Finishers

1) ING New York City, NY 44,977 (largest all-time)
2) Bank of America Chicago, IL 36,088
3) Boston, MA 22,672
4) 25th Honda LA, CA 22,580
5) Marines Corps, DC 21,944
6) Honolulu, HI 20,180
7) Walt Disney World, FL 16,923
8. Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, CA 10,650
9) Philadelphia, PA 8,956
10) Medtronic Twin Cities, MN 8,197
11) Portland, OR 7,850
12) Chevron Houston, TX 6,287
13) San Francisco, CA 5,992
14) California International, CA 5,887
15) P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, AZ 5,741
16) St. George, UT 5,702
17) Grandma’s, MN 5,611
18) Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, NV 5,180
19) Nike Women’s, CA 5,091
20) Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, TX 4,675


Post-season: UMD, McNeely, Murray

Minnesota Hockey Hub catches up with a few Minnesota Duluth players in the wake of an NCAA championship. The story is here.

Freelance hockey writer Chris Peters of U.S. of Hockey looks at the gold-medal USA U-18 team, starting with defensemen and goalies (including UMD recruit Matt McNeely) here.

Wisconsin junior forward Jordy Murray will likely forgo his senior season according to a Wisconsin State Journal story here.

Penn State: The press conference

Guy Gadowsky, 43, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, was introduced Monday as Penn State’s first men’s hockey coach with the inaugural season in 2012-13. He coached five years at Alaska-Fairbanks and five years at Princeton.

The school athletic web site has some photos and more here.

Other links from Monday:

College Hockey News has a story here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a story here.

The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison has a story here.

The Centre Daily Times of State College, Pa., has a story here.

The Penn State Daily Collegian has a story here.

The Big Ten Network has some press conference video here.

Sandelin: “I’m thrilled not to be going anywhere”

Scott Sandelin says he can finally enjoy Minnesota Duluth’s 2011 NCAA hockey championship and get on to the business of the 2011-12 season.
He received word Sunday that Princeton’s Guy Gadowsky was chosen as the first men’s hockey coach at Penn State as the Big Ten school prepares for the program’s inaugural year in 2012-13.
Sandelin, 46, had been on the State College, Pa., campus Wednesday and Thursday last week, with his wife, Wendy, a Penn State graduate, to be interviewed as one of three finalists along with Wisconsin women’s coach Mark Johnson and Gadowsky.
While there were rumors Penn State wouldn’t name a coach until after this week’s American Hockey Coaches Association annual meetings in Naples, Fla., Sandelin said he talked with Penn State associate athletic director Joe Battista on Saturday and got the news of the hiring Sunday. Sandelin, UMD’s coach for 11 years, said he was never offered the position.
“I know I have a pretty good situation at UMD, but I was intrigued. I thought ‘Let’s see what it’s all about at Penn State,’ but I don’t know if I would’ve taken the job if I had gotten an offer,” Sandelin said Sunday. “There are a lot of things you have to consider, with your family and where you live, and if its the right thing at the right time. It was a whirlwind situation coming like it did, right after our season ended.
“We’ve got a good program at UMD with good things ahead. Really, I’m thrilled not to be going anywhere.”
UMD’s coaching staff, however, is headed to the coaches convention Tuesday and Sandelin said he’ll talk about a contract extension Monday with UMD athletic director Bob Nielson and likely Chancellor Lendley Black. At the meeting, Sandelin said he’d like to agree in principle to terms and sign a contract after the convention ends May 1.
Sandelin signed a two-year contract with UMD in July of 2009 with a annual base salary of $150,000. One year remains on that deal. In 11 seasons he’s 192-200-52, and is 71-40-15 the past three years, the program’s best win-loss streak since the mid-1980s. The Bulldogs have been in three NCAA tournaments the past eight years with a 7-2 mark, including 4-0 this season in winning the Division I title April 9 in St. Paul.
“I’m glad the Penn State decision has been made and that I’m part of UMD,” said Sandelin. “Now I’ll get a chance to wear my NCAA Champions T-shirt with pride this week.”
Sandelin, the 2011 Division I coach of the year runner up, came to UMD in 2000 shortly after North Dakota won the 2000 NCAA title. He was an associate head coach that season under North Dakota head coach Dean Blais.
The Penn State hiring continued an extremely active few days for the Division I men’s coaching carousel. In the same week, Union College’s Nate Leaman took the Providence College job; his assistant, Rick Bennett was promoted to head coach at Union; former Colorado College assistant Norm Bazin was named head coach at his alma mater, Massachusetts-Lowell; George Roll was fired at Clarkson University; a report had Northeastern University coach Greg Cronin headed for the American Hockey League; and Jeff Blashill of Western Michigan earned a contract extension.
In all, there have been eight coaching changes since the end of 2010-11, with Michigan Tech, Clarkson and Princeton still seeking replacements. It’s believed to be the largest one-season turnover in Division I history.

Penn State hires Princeton’s Guy Gadowsky

Penn State officially announced Sunday it has hired Princeton’s Guy Gadowsky to coach the school’s first varsity men’s hockey team. Penn State begins the sport in 2012-13.

The other candidates were Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin and Wisconsin women’s coach Mark Johnson.

The Penn State release is here.

A report on the hiring from the Penn State hockey-connected Thank You Terry blog is here.