The Lowell Sun is reporting that UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin turned down an opportunity to join the Vancouver Canucks organization as head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in Utica, N.Y. (the Utica Comets). The Sun’s Barry Scanlon writes that Bazin and Lowell are close on a contract extension as well.
“I’m at peace with my decision,” Bazin told The Sun during an interview in his Tsongas Center office Wednesday afternoon. “I’m excited to be working with the group here.”
Bazin reportedly interviewed for the job three times, once in Buffalo and twice in Boston. He reportedly has two years left on his contract, and Lowell athletic director Dana Skinner said they hope to have an extension worked out in the coming days.
“He’s such a visible part of the university. I’m thrilled he’s going to be with us,” Skinner said.