Could Mark Morris be making a return to Clarkson? That's just one of the names that's being mentioned as a possible replacement for George Roll, who was fired recently after eight years as Clarkson's coach.
Morris, who coached at Clarkson from 1988-2002, has spent the past five seasons coaching the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings. He's led the Monarchs to the AHL playoffs in four of his five seasons and is the only coach in Monarchs history to win a postseason series, reaching the AHL semifinals twice.
Morris, when reached today, said he cannot comment because he is under contract with the Kings organization.
Morris is Clarkson's winningest coach and led the Golden Knights to their last NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 1991. He led the team to three ECAC Hockey Tournament championships and the school played in the NCAA Tournament nine times.
But Morris had a bad exit from the school early in the 2002-03 season when it was alleged he made physical contact with a player after a practice the day of a game at St. Lawrence University. He wound up being fired from Clarkson and later sued the school to recover money still owed to him on his contract. That suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Many of the people who were running Clarkson at the time are no longer there, including the school president at the time, Denny Brown, and athletic director then Sean Frazier.
Whether the school would be receptive to a Morris comeback is not known at this time.
Other possible names include Merrimack assistant Phil Roy, a former Clarkson player, Brasher Falls native Derek Lalonde, an assistant at Denver, and Hobart head coach Mark Taylor, a Canton native.
"I'm from Brasher Falls, that's always home for me and always will be," said Lalonde, who confirmed he has applied for the position. "I grew up with (Clarkson) in our backyard. No doubt it excites me."
Two names who were thought to be candidates will probably not be coming to Potsdam. Ron Rolston, a former Clarkson assistant and current coach of the U.S. Under-18 team, has reportedly said he's not interested in the job. Also reportedly not interested is Cornell assistant Casey Jones, another former Golden Knight assistant.
Roy, who has been part of winning programs as a coach at Hobart, Neumann and Merrimack, said he cannot comment because he's under contract at Merrimack.
Taylor could not be reached for comment, nor could Rolston.