Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon will return to the program for the last year of his contract, UVM athletic director Jeff Schulman confirmed to The Burlington Free Press in a recent interview. Schulman was less certain about Sneddon’s status beyond next season.
“We have every intention of having Kevin back to coach next year. I think his contract status is well understood,” Schulman said. “He’s currently in the second year of a three-year contract so we have an entire year to continue to evaluate the program and the progress that we’re making.
“There’s no question that in my role my focus is on providing Kevin and our student-athletes and the program with the resources they need to have success at the highest possible level.”
Vermont went 12-19-3 this past season and missed the Hockey East playoffs.
“I continue to have confidence in his ability and the ability of our staff to move the program forward and achieve the goals that we’ve set out,” Schulman continued. “For us, that is to have a hockey program that this community can be proud of; that is defined by integrity and class and academic excellence and a high level of competitive success as well.”
Schulman confirmed to the newspaper that Sneddon is not under contract beyond the 2019-20 season.
“I don’t make a habit of talking about specific details of coaches’ contracts publicly,” he said. “We have an entire year to continue to evaluate the program and where things stand.
“There’s no question that part of my job as athletic director is to be evaluating all of our programs and to ensure that we’re moving in a positive direction, that we’re in a position to meet our aspirations for our various programs.
“Nobody at the university and certainly our fans would tell you that they’ve been happy with the level of competitive success these past two years; certainly not Kevin and the coaching staff, or our players,” Schulman continued. “The last thing I want to do is to put more pressure on them in that regard but we all have really high expectations.”