There's not a coach on a faster rise in hockey than Scott Sandelin of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
Basically, if you win two straight national championships, NHL teams take notice. Thats the case for Sandelin, whose Bulldogs have skated to back-to-back Division I national titles – and three championships since 2011.
That success has paved the way for Sandelin to interview for the Anaheim Ducks' head coaching job, according to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun.
In 19 seasons at UMD, Sandelin's Bulldogs are 369-311-87. But they've been a consistent postseason threat for nearly a decade, and especially the last five years.
In 2014-15, the Bulldogs teased what was to come when they knocked the Gophers out of the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, then lost a one-goal game to Boston University, narrowly missing a trip to the Frozen Four.
They did the same thing – minus knocking out the Gophers – the next season, losing a one-goal game to Boston College in the regional championship.
They really took off in 2016-17, reaching the Frozen Four and then losing 3-2 to Denver in the national championship game. That squad finished the season 28-7-7, and it fueled back-to-back championship runs the last two seasons, where they've posted a combined record of 54-27-5.
In April, Sandelin was asked what he'd do if NHL teams came calling: "I’m not looking for any opportunity. If somebody calls me, I’ll listen. Right now, my plan is to be back at Duluth and be at Duluth for a long time, hopefully."