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May 14, 2013

Coaching searches don't always go smoothly; MSU's did

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The whole point of the firing was to turn around a struggling program. The Seawolves won just four games last season and averaged 10 a year in Shyiak's eight-year tenure. How much improvement can be expected in the new coach's first year? What a mess.

Hastings began on April 16, 2012, and got right to work, flying to Europe to make sure Teddy Blueger was coming, calling and meeting with other committed players, working on recruiting for future years. He was in place in time to attend the national and conference meetings (this year's meetings ended last week) and get his team's summer program started.

From there, Minnesota State had one of its most successful years as a Division I program, winning 24 games and getting back to the WCHA Final Five and the NCAA tournament for the first time.

Watching what's transpired this offseason, one should appreciate what MSU was able to do just a year earlier.

Shane Frederick is a Free Press staff writer. Read his blog at mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @puckato.

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