Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mike Valley leaves volunteer position

Wow, this really stinks. Apparently the NCAA frowned upon Mike Valley volunteering for the Badgers and running his own goaltending camps at the same time. So, in order to be able to run his camps, he had to leave his volunteer position. I'm pretty disappointed by this, as I liked Mike Valley a lot. He did some really nice work with Brian Elliott in the offseason, and I thought he was a pretty good choice to fill the position vacated by Bill Howard.

It appears the position will be vacant for the rest of the season. Connelly and Gudmandson have the option of returning to the previous working relationship with Valley in which they paid for the coaching, but they have opted not to do so.

Apparently the goaltending coaching duties will be split up among the rest of the coaching staff. And Connelly and Gudmandson will themselves and each other. I don't see how anything good can come of this.

No word yet on who (if anyone) might fill the position next year.

Ugh. I'm a Sad Badger.