Denver Picks David Carle to Lead the Program

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May 25, 2018
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Former Assistant the Youngest D-I Coach at 28

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David Carle has been named the new head coach at Denver, where he has been an assistant the last four and a half seasons. He takes over for Jim Montgomery, who was hired as head coach of the NHL’s Dallas Stars on May 4.

At just 28 years old, Carle becomes the youngest coach in Division I men’s hockey, and the youngest at a major conference program since Miami’s Enrico Blasi took over at 27 years old in 1999. It’s also the third time this offseason a new coach was hired with the distinction of being the youngest — both Alaska’s and Alaska-Anchorage’s recent coaching hires were the youngest at the time.

Carle, a native of Anchorage, actually interviewed for the UAA job and was offered the position, before turning it down.

Carle received a ringing endorsement from Montgomery on the former coach’s way out the door, but Denver went through with a lengthy interview process that included a long look at Massachusetts-Lowell’s Norm Bazin.

“David was the very first person that I talked with about the job and after a thorough search process, David earned this opportunity,” Denver vice president Karlton Creech said. “During the process, we received overwhelming positive support for David both internally and externally. His impeccable ethical reputation, intelligence, work ethic and strong relationship skills were the consistent themes in our evaluation. We look forward to many years of continued excellence in the hockey program under David’s leadership.”

Though Carle is just 28, he’s been coaching in college hockey since 2008, starting as a student assistant for the Pioneers under George Gwozdecky. Carle was a promising recruit for the Pioneers when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the primary disease of the myocardium muscle of the heart, forcing him to retire before his college career could begin. …

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