The Michigan Daily Wednesday, February 11, 1981 Page 7
Giordano named permanent icer coach
By MARTHA CRALL
Acting coach John Giordano was ap-
pointed head coach of the Michigan
hockey team after the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics approved
the move Monday. Athletic Director
Don Canham informed Giordano
"I'm very pleased," said Giordano.
"But I wasn't surprised. It isn't like
taking over at the very beginning in
September. The newness of the job has
all worn off."
0 GIORDANO IS only the seventh head
coach the Wolverines have had in their
59 years of hockey. He succeeds first-
year coach Wilf Martin, who was only
behind the bench for Michigan's first
two games of the season, a home-and-
home series with Bowling Green.
Martin, a former Michigan hockey
Captain under Al Renfrew, was ailing
for most of the pre-season and resigned
because of health reasons on November
6 after being hospitalized.
Giordano, 36, was the assistant under
Dan Farrell in 1979-80. Giordano
coached high school hockey at Harper
Woods Notre Dame for eight seasons
before he came to Michigan.
THE WAYNE STATE graduate was
faced with a very adverse set of cir-
cumstances from the outset, including
the loss of Michigan's top three scorers,
being picked to finish last in the WCHA
by pre-season pollsters, and extremely
*negative publicity surrounding the
"He took over in a bad situation and
,he's done a remarkably good job," said
Canham. "I think he deserves a chance,
besides which'I like him personally."
Giordano has proved to be a well-
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liked coach by his team, as well.
Although not always agreeing with his
every move, most of the players think
he has made decisions which have tur-
ned out for the best.
"HE HAS LEARNED a lot this year.
He gets better every weekend and
be where we are," said senior Roger
Bourne. "He works hard and he's really
dedicated to the program."
"HE'S PROVEN he can coach in this
league," said sophomore Ted Speers.
"He's done a great job and I'm sure he
will continue to do a real good job."
Giordano has taken his team of no-
stars to an 11-11 record in the WCHA
and a 17-13 mark overall this season
and the playoffs appear to be imminent.
(Michigan is currently in sixth place in
the league with six games remaining,
and the first eight teams make the play-
Captain Tim Manning said, "He
deserved it. He took our team and has
done a real good job. I think (Canham)
made a good choice."
GIORDANO PLANS to sit down as
soon as the season is over to devise the
type of program he would like to im-
plement, which he says will take at
least a couple of months. He is busy on
the recruiting trail already, however,
and has some thoughts about what
strategies he would like to use.
"First of all, I want the kids to make
a commitment to the program," he
said. "I think that is very important. I
want them to play disciplined hockey."
"I like the European flow systems,"
he continued. "I also want us to be
tough in our own defensive zone, which
we haven't been lately. I want a swar-
ming-like defense with heavy body
"I WOULD LIKE a team that will be
reflective of the school," said Giordano.
"A classy kind of team."
Giordano said he will wait until the
end of the season to name an assistant
coach. Graduate assistant Jeff
Jackson, a Michigan State alumnus,
had been thrown into a part-time
coaching job when Giordano took over.
All the initial tests are over for Gior-
dano, but he will begin his reign as the
permanent mentor this Friday. The
Wolverines will travel to Duluth to take
on Minnesota-Duluth in a weekend
series with the Bulldogs, who are
seventh in the WCHA with a 9-13 record.
The women's basketball game
scheduled for last night against Grand
Valley State in Allendale was cancelled
due to the inclement weather. As of yet,
the game has not been rescheduled. The
women cagers return to action this-
weekend in the Big Ten Championship -
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that'll just carry over until next
season," said senior Jeff Mars. "I'm
really glad he's getting a full year to
There is agreement, as well, that
Giordano couldn't have handled the
situation he found himself in any better.
"If it were not for him, we wouldn't
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