Scott Sandalin’s contract extension the University gave him this summer was a good move. Sandy, as evidenced by this last season, can do a competent job at taking the players his program recruited and get them to play their best…..at least when it counts the most. As evidence, UMD became the only Final Five Play-in team to win the tournament. That run at the end ensured an NCAA berth and gave us the “Miracle at Mariucci” as some have dubbed it. Timing is great, consistency is better, and winning consistently is best.
The extension is for two years past this next season, the last on the current contract. Two years doesn’t seem like a very long term commitment from the University. Maybe the consistency piece is still up in the air and needs to be settled and they have given two years to see what happens. Sandy has coached two teams to the NCAA tournament in nine years and one to the Frozen Four. He has also led teams to finish in the bottom half of the league seven of those nine years and 8th or worse four times . Was extension in the works all along, or did last season’s run at the end buy some more time? My perspective and hope is that Sandy has it going now and that every season UMD will be a contender in at least the WCHA.