Q&A With … Alaska-Anchorage Coach Matt Curley

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October 10, 2018

by Christopher Boulay/CHN Writer (@chrismboulay)

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Alaska-Anchorage had a difficult offseason following a difficult campaign, where the team went 4-26-4 and the school decided to not renew coach Matt Thomas’ contract.

Finding a replacement for Thomas wasn’t easy. The school narrowed down the search to three candidates, with Massachusetts-Lowell assistant Cam Ellsworth, Denver’s David Carle and Providence’s Kris Mayotte vying for the position. All three turned the job down after the interview stage.

In came a name many didn’t expect to take the position. Matt Curley, head coach of EC Salzburg II and a former player at Clarkson and assistant at Bentley, accepted his offer to be the sixth coach in Seawolves history. Now he has the task of taking Alaska-Anchorage out of the basement in the WCHA, and make the team competitive again the conference.

CHN: What made Alaska-Anchorage a viable option for you? Were you looking to get back to the US for a while?

Curley: There’s a lot of factors that played into it. One is I was looking for a chance to get home. I thoroughly enjoyed my time overseas. It was an outstanding learning experience, from the coaching side of things, getting the opportunity to be a head coach, which is what I wanted. From a family side, for life experience, it was great and I couldn’t have been happier with it.

These jobs are hard to come by, which was another factor. There’s 60 of these jobs in the country. They just don’t hand them out. I know where I am in the pecking order of the coaching world. When an opportunity like this presents itself, they don’t need to ask twice, so to speak. It was something that I was very fortunate to have come up, and there were …

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