In what will come as a surprise to most Nebraska Omaha fans, multiple reports have confirmed UNO associate head coach Mike Hastings is set to interview Friday for the vacant men’s hockey head coach’s position at Minnesota State.
Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press reported on his Twitter account (@puckato) Friday that Hastings and the coach’s family are in Mankato.
Frederick also wrote on the social networking website that Kevin Buisman, MSU’s director of athletics, said that Hastings is the only finalist for the position that the school will name at this time.
The MSU men’s hockey coach’s position became vacant on Apr. 1, when the southern Minnesota university reassigned Troy Jutting, who had been the Mavericks’ coach for 12 years. All told, Jutting had a hand in the MSU hockey program for 26 years, including separate stints as a player and assistant coach.
Hastings will take part in an open session for Mankato media and the general public at 4 p.m. Friday at MSU. The open session will be streamed live on msumavericks.com.
Hastings has been UNO’s associate head coach under Dean Blais since accepting the position in June 2009, taking on the role after spending one season as an assistant head coach at the University of Minnesota.
Before entering the world of college hockey, Hastings spent 14 years as the head coach of the Omaha Lancers, becoming the winningest coach in the history of the United States Hockey League.