February 24, 2020
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announces the search for a Commissioner beginning with the 2020-21 academic year (position available July 1, 2020). Seven prominent NCAA Division I men’s hockey playing institutions have formed a new Division I men’s hockey conference, the CCHA, that will begin play with the 2021-22 season. The seven institutions include: Bemidji State University; Bowling Green State University; Ferris State University; Lake Superior State University; Michigan Technological University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Northern Michigan University. These programs have a proud history of college hockey success, with multiple appearances in the NCAA Tournament, as well as individual player success in the NHL and professional leagues around the world. Academically, these institutions all value environments for their student-athletes to succeed in the classroom and in life outside of hockey.
The search will be guided by Dr. Morris Kurtz, a noted athletics and hockey consultant, who has been guiding this entire process since its inception including the readopting of the CCHA brand. According to Kurtz, reviving the CCHA moniker was well-received and provides energy and momentum as the league begins this critical search process. “Our announcement of the rebirth of the CCHA was well-received by those that recognize the tradition, goodwill, and equity associated with the name. That good news provides a foundational platform that can be leveraged in moving ahead and as we look for someone to step in and take the reins as our new Commissioner.”
Kurtz believes there will be no shortage of well-qualified candidates for the position. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for someone to step in and write the next chapter in the CCHA’s storied tradition. Interestingly, when we begin play in 2021-2022, that will mark the 50th year since the inception of the original CCHA. I am excited about what lies ahead for these institutions as they seek to leave an indelible mark on the college hockey landscape.”
Interested candidates should access the CCHA Commissioner Recruitment website at www.CCHAsearch.com.
For additional information, contact, Morris Kurtz, Ph.D. at Mobile: 320-557-8600 or MKurtzConsutling@gmail.com.