According to several sources, Union head coach Rick Bennett was one of the top targets for Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford as he searches for a new head coach. However, Bennett has elected to remain at Union, where he led the program to its first national championship in 2014.
“As far as the UMass position, obviously I am honroed and humbled to be considered in the mix,” Bennett said Friday morning. “But I think it was a lot of noise.”
Bennett was considered a top choice given the success of the Union program under his leadership, as well as local connections as a native of Springfield, Mass. He is also familiar with Hockey East, playing at Providence and serving as an assistant coach there from 2000-05.