Interim UMaine males’s hockey coach not chosen for everlasting place

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University of Maine interim hockey head coach Ben Guite is not being offered a head coach job, according to a source close to the program.

UMaine’s replacement for the late Red Gendron is expected to be announced on Wednesday at 11 a.m. during a virtual press conference.

Gendron collapsed and died on April 9 at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono while playing a round of golf.

UMaine launched a national search and 42-year-old Guite was considered one of the finalists, although a candidate list was never published.

Guite was hired by Gendron when he replaced Tim Whitehead as head coach of the Black Bears eight years ago.

Gendron’s successor will be the fifth head coach in program history after Jack Semler, the late Shawn Walsh, Whitehead and Gendron. Greg Cronin was an interim coach for a year after Walsh was suspended for NCAA violations.

Walsh returned after serving his suspension.

Guite is a former Black Bear striker who played a major role on the NCAA championship team in 1999. After a 13-year professional career with 175 games in the National Hockey League, he returned to UMaine as an assistant coach.

Born in Montreal, he was promoted from assistant coach to deputy head coach on October 14, 2015.

Gendron set a 103-137-32 record behind UMaine-Bank in his eight seasons.

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