Report: Union assistant coach Dumais a finalist for Princeton head coaching job
According to a report on the College Hockey News website, Union assistant coach Joe Dumais is a finalist for the vacant head coaching position at Princeton.
Dumais, who has been an assistant with the Dutchmen for three years, served as acting head coach during head coach Rick Bennett's four-game suspension for his role in the Mayor's Cup postgame brawl against RPI. Union went 3-1 under Dumais' guidance.
"It all depends what the athletic director and [search] committee wants," Bennett said. "If they want a guy that knows ECAC Hockey, then Joe stands an excellent chance. I think he will be an excellent head coach. What he did here in his four games, along with [assistant coach] Jason Tapp, I thought he did a tremendous job. If you ask any of our players, I think they would tell you the same thing."
Dumais, through a Union spokesman, has repeatedly declined comment about the Princeton job. A Princeton spokesperson also declined comment.
CHN reports that the other finalists are Adrian College head coach and former Colgate player Ron Fogarty, Penn State assistant coach Keith Fisher, Quinnipiac and former Union assistant Bill Riga and former Colorado College head coach Scott Owens.
Former Princeton player Darren Yopyk, who was considered a leading candidate for the position, pulled out of the running because of a visa issue. Yopyk, who played at Princeton from 1996-2000, is Canadian. There was a visa issue three years ago with Yopyk three years ago when the job was open. Bob Prier got the job then. He resigned in late April.