Air Force promotes Mike Corbett to associate head coach
April 4, 2012
"Mike has done an outstanding job throughout his tenure at Air Force," Serratore said. "He has played a key role in the overall success the program has enjoyed, Mike's expertise has factored greatly into our six-year championship run, the promotion in title is well deserved and overdue."
Corbett just completed his ninth season as an assistant coach at Air Force. Corbett works with the Falcon defensemen and also assists with the nation-wide recruiting effort. Corbett has guided a group of defenseman that has helped lead the team to the five best goals-against averages in school history. This past season, the team allowed just 2.09 goals per game, the second best mark in school history and the best since setting the school record of 2.07 in 2008-09. Under his direction, the Falcons have been among the nation's leaders in fewest shots allowed per game each of the last six years. Since arriving at the Academy in 2003-04, Corbett's defensemen have claimed 15 all-conference honors. Senior defenseman Tim Kirby was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, was a Hobey Baker finalist and was named the team's most valuable player this season.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Denver, Corbett was a three-year letterman for the Pioneers as a defenseman. Serratore recruited Corbett to the Mile High city and coached him in the 1993-94 season. Corbett majored in management and minored in marketing. In 1998, he earned a master's of science in management from DU.
Corbett was an assistant captain from 1995-97 and was named the team's most inspirational player in 1997. A three-time academic all-conference selection, Corbett was a finalist for the prestigious College Hockey Humanitarian Award.
After completing his eligibility, Corbett was a graduate assistant in the DU athletic department for a year and also worked in the Daniels College of Business. While at DU, Corbett spent a season working with the Colorado Avalanche as a community relations intern and as a statistician/video assistant for head coach Mark Crawford.
From 1997-00, Corbett was the head coach of the Butte (Mont.) Irish in the America West Junior Hockey League. Corbett also served as general manager and director and head instructor of the Irish Hockey Camp. Corbett led the Irish to a 79-78-9 record and was named the AWHL Coach of the Year in 1997-98. He managed and executed all phases of the business and hockey operations and also recruited and evaluated all prospects.
Corbett moved across the state of Montana in 2000, taking over the Billings Bulls of the AWHL. The Bulls posted a 36-23-1 record in the 2000-01 season and advanced to the finals of the AWHL playoffs. Corbett was also the director of hockey operations with the club. Six players from that team went on to play at Division I institutions.
Corbett was the associate head coach with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the U.S. Hockey League in 2001-02. He coached all players, with an emphasis on the defensemen, and helped lead the team to a 35-21-5 record. Corbett moved to Colorado Springs in 2002 as the Director of the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association. In that position, he managed 52 youth teams and 150 coaches at all levels. As the head coach of the Pikes Peak Miners Midget "AAA" team, he achieved three major midget "AAA" tournament finals and one championship. He led the Miners to a 33-28-3 record.