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Kemp named chair of DI Men’s Ice Hockey Committee

Omaha senior associate athletics director says decisions will be focused on best interest of student-athletes

Mike Kemp, the senior associate athletics director of events/facilities at Omaha, has been named chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee for the 2020-21 season. Kemp will take over from Steve Metcalf, the commissioner of the Hockey East Association, whose term expires Sept. 1.

Kemp’s time as chair will be his final year of a four-year term on the Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, serving as the representative from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Gustavus Adolphus alum also has been active in the NCAA structure as a member of the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee.

He has been at Omaha since 1996, when he was named the head coach of the inaugural Maverick hockey team. He transitioned into administration in 2009. He currently oversees the hockey program, as well as all facilities and event management, and serves as general manager of Baxter Arena.

Before coming to Omaha, Kemp spent a combined 20 years as an assistant hockey coach at Gustavus Adolphus (1976-81), the University of Illinois at Chicago (82-83) and Wisconsin (81-82, 83-96). His teams had a tremendous amount of success, culminating in the Badger’s 1990 NCAA title.

“It is truly an honor to be selected chair of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee,” Kemp said. “With the uncertainty of the pandemic, it will likely be a challenging year, but our entire committee has the best interest of the student-athletes at the forefront of all our decisions. We understand our role and do not take it lightly, as we will need to continue to ensure the Division I Men’s Hockey Championship is one of the premier NCAA championships.”