August 29, 2012

Merrimack's Dennehy promoted to associate athletic director

By Jesse Connolly

Following the resignation of athletic director Glenn Hofmann, as was reported Tuesday by uscho.com, Merrimack has made two noteworthy promotions.

Interim AD Dean O'Keefe has promoted women's basketball coach Monique LeBlanc and men's hockey coach Mark Dennehy (Dorchester, Mass.) to associate athletic director positions. Both Dennehy (pictured right) and LeBlanc will still be the bench bosses for their respective squads going forward. 

Hoffman has been under investigation for some time now, having been placed on paid leave in early July. The school reportedly employed an outside firm to investigate the wrongdoings of their AD. The 47-year-old Hoffman was hired back in 2009 and oversaw 22 sports teams at the school.

According to USCHO's report, the results of the investigation into this "personal matter" will not be released.

The article also indicates that Dennehy, who has guided the Warriors to a 43-22-11 record in the last two seasons, will manage the expansion of the Volpe Athletic Center, which is undergoing a number of renovations, including the addition of a second hockey rink. Dennehy will also assist with school fundraising and Hockey East administrative duties. 

Dennehy, 44, is entering his eighth season as the head coach at Merrimack. He previously serve as an assistant and later an associate coach under Don "Toot" Cahoon (Lynn, Mass.) at UMass from 2000-05. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.