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Chris Murphy, Published July 02 2013

Moorhead posts boys hockey coaching job following Cullen's resignation

MOORHEAD – After the dust has settled on the resignation of former Moorhead hockey coach Pete Cullen following an anonymous email, which led to an investigation, the Spuds are attempting to move on.

First step is finding a new hockey coach.

“It’s similar to any other position opening,” Moorhead Athletic Director Dean Haugo said. “We just posted it, and it’ll be open through July 12, and we’ll proceed with the interview process from there.”

With an interim tag on him, Cullen led Moorhead to a 16-12-2 record and a fifth-place finish in Class 2A. In early April, the interim tag was removed and Cullen was given the job, but it did not come without competition. There were three candidates competing with Cullen for the job, two of which were interviewed.

Moorhead Public School’s human resources department would not divulge how many people have applied or the names of the three finalists who competed with Cullen for the job the last time it was open.

Haugo was able to say the three finalists from last time would not necessarily be front-runners for the current opening.

“We re-opened it and are accepting applications whether they applied previously or whether they are new,” Haugo said.

Haugo is hoping a decision on the vacant position comes before August.

“The position will close on July 12 and from there it will just depend on the interview process and how long that takes to unfold,” Haugo said. “We’d really hope to have everything wrapped up sometime here in July. I know that’s very generic, but you just never know how that interview process will play out.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548