Nanooks aim to fill coaching vacancies while modernizing Athletic Department

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Although the University of Alaska was finally able to find their new Hockey Coach yesterday in the form of Erik Largen, the work is not yet over.
The Nooks now shift their focus to the Basketball teams as both the Men's and Women's teams will need new head coaches going into next season.
According to Vice Chancellor for Student affairs Keith Champagne, two of the finalists will be visiting Fairbanks today and tomorrow.
Kerri Nakamoto and Stacy Johnson-Klein will be visiting campus.
Nakamoto was the Head Coach of Cal State Monterey Bay for the past five seasons while Johnson-Klein was the head coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs from 2002 to 2005.
She was fired by the Bulldogs, but reached a 9 million dollar settlement in her unlawful termination case against the Division 1 School.
The coaching job for the Men's team, which opened up after Mick Durham left to Montana State Billings on March 28th, was posted late last week as the Athletic Department will now begin that search.
Champagne also says that they are searching for a New Athletic Director who will have a long term plan to move the Nanooks into the Modern Era of College Athletics.
"We have a lot of people who want to come here to coach. And they want to come here because they believe in the program we've been building they believe in what we've already done. And it's just a good place to be. You have to be excited for your program. You have to dream big. You have to have a vision. And sometimes the Bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. So I just want to do everything I can just to support the Athletic Program, the student athletes and to bring some professionalism and a modern program, a modern, 21st century Intercollegiate program," said Keith Champagne, Vice Chancellor - UAF.