CANTON — St. Lawrence University’s quest to find a new men’s hockey coach will take a bit longer after the Saints were turned down by American International College coach Eric Lang on Friday.
Lang, a 43-year-old from The Bronx, reportedly was offered the position by SLU and had until Friday to make a decision, according to the College Hockey News.
A graduate of AIC, Lang announced Friday that he did not want to leave his alma mater, telling the College Hockey News, “I was offered an amazing opportunity by a first-class university, that has an unheralded tradition of excellence. The people I met in my short time at SLU went above and beyond anything anyone could ever expect. The substantial investment in SLU hockey ultimately sets the program up for success.
“However, after much consideration, I needed to put my family, and my AIC hockey family ahead of any personal ambitions at this time. Loyalty to AIC, which has granted me an opportunity to coach this hockey team, at my alma mater, will always be at the forefront.”
Instead, Lang signed a multi-year contract extension to stay with AIC, the college announced Friday
Lang enjoyed his greatest moment, to date, at AIC on the same day the Saints fired coach Mark Morris, March 29. Morris was let go after three years, with two years remaining on his contract, after the Saints finished with a 6-29-2 overall record this season.
That evening Lang’s AIC squad, which was No. 31 in the PairWise Rankings, upset No. 1 St. Cloud State 2-1 in a semifinal of the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, N.D. AIC’s season ended the following day with a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Denver in the regional final.
Lang graduated from AIC in 1998 and was a graduate assistant at the school from 2006-08. He coached the NCAA Division III Manhattanville women’s team for three years then spent one year coaching the men’s team before becoming an assistant at Army, where he spent four seasons.
He took over an AIC program that went 7-29-3 in the 2015-16 season and led them to an 8-20-8 record his first year, followed by a 15-20-4 mark and then this season’s 23-17-1 record, which included an Atlantic Hockey championship.
According to internet reports, Lang as well as Northeastern assistant Jerry Keefe have come to SLU’s campus for interviews, but Keefe dropped out of the running about 10 days ago.
Former SLU assistant under Greg Carvel, Kris Mayotte, has spoken to the school but has not had a formal on-campus interview. He currently is the associate head coach at Providence College.
Boston College women’s hockey forward Caitrin Lonergan announced on her Instagram account Friday that she will be transferring to Clarkson to play her senior season with the Golden Knights.
Lonergan, who is 21, is a native of Rosindale, Mass. and a 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward.
She recorded 14 goals and 25 assists in 37 games for the Eagles last season, including a 2-1 overtime loss at Clarkson in the NCAA Tournament.
Two years ago she tallied 30 goals and 45 assists in 38 games. She finished with 15 goals and 18 assists in her freshman season.
She competed for the U.S. national team in the last Four Nations Cup.