July 8, 2013
The University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Athletics announced on Monday the hiring of Mike Corbett as the program's next head hockey coach. Corbett comes to Huntsville having spent the past 10 years as an assistant at Air Force including serving as the team's associate head coach in the 2012-13 season.
"Mike Corbett has spent the last decade recruiting elite young men to the United States Air Force Academy and winning championships," said UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy. "We are very confident that he is the man to lead Charger Hockey into the prestigious WCHA and back to winning on a consistent basis here at UAH."
During Corbett's time with the Falcons, the team won five Atlantic Hockey Association tournament championships and also appeared in the NCAA tournament five times with berths in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Winners of the AHA regular season title in 2009 and 2012, Air Force ranks in the top 10 in the country in winning percentage over the last seven seasons while stringing together seven consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history.
On the ice Corbett focused on the Air Force blue line, and the team established Falcon records for fewest goals allowed per game in three straight seasons from the 2006-07 year to the 2008-09 campaign. Under his watch, the Falcons featured three AHA Defensemen of the Year winners, and Air Force has consistently ranked among the best in the nation in fewest shots allowed per game.
With Corbett assisting in the program's recruiting effort, the team also featured two AHA Player of the Year honorees, three Division I All-Americans, and 17 all-conference selections. During his time on the bench, the Falcons also had the only Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist in AFA history.
No stranger to WCHA hockey, Corbett was a defensive force during his playing days at Denver from 1992-97 where he was an alternate captain for two seasons and a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member. Additionally, in 1997 he was a finalist for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. He graduated from Denver in 1996 before also earning his master's degree from the university in 1998.
After his time in Denver, Corbett served as the head coach for the Butte Irish in the America West Junior Hockey League from 1997-2000, earning AWHL Coach of the Year honors in 1997-98. He then led the league's Billings Bulls for a season before joining the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League in 2001. After that stint, Corbett served as the director of the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association in 2002 prior to joining the Air Force staff.