Claudia Asano Barcomb resigns amid scrutiny

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Claudia Asano Barcomb, the head coach of the women’s ice hockey team, will not be returning to Union next year. According to the College, Barcomb resigned from her position despite having one more year left on her contract.

During her nine-year tenure with the Dutchwomen, Barcomb acquired a cumulative record of 36-236-32. Additionally, in the 2015-2016 season, the Dutchwomen, under Barcomb’s leadership, went 0-28-6.

Union’s athletic director, Jim McLaughlin ’93, released a statement acknowledging Barcomb for her service to the school, “We thank Claudia for her efforts and work with the student-athletes both on and off the ice and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Claudia brought many positive attributes to the program and the campus community, as well as the student-athletes under her guidance.”

Over her time at Union, Barcomb time and time again proved herself as an important asset to the campus community, initiating the women’s hockey team’s popular Pink at the Rink event which raises money for cancer research and patient support. This year’s Pink at the Rink event raised an impressive $3620.

She also encouraged her team to participate in community service with various local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Schenectady Youth Hockey, Clifton Park Youth Hockey, Adopt a Family and various elementary schools in the Schenectady area.

In addition, Barcomb coached 104 All-ECAC Hockey Academic Selections during her tenure. However, Barcomb’s record of service to the campus and local community was overshadowed by her team’s perennially abysmal record.

A Feb. 23 article, ‘Union College: Act like women’s hockey matters’, written by The Daily Gazette’s Mark McGuire brought local attention to Barcomb’s performance record with the Dutchwomen. At the time the article was published, McLaughlin was in the process of evaluating Barcomb and the women’s hockey program.

Regarding her resignation, Barcomb stated, “I would like to thank the many dedicated players that I have had the privilege of coaching through these nine years at Union College.”

She added, “I would also like to thank my family, my staff, and the Union College community who have supported our program throughout the years.”

A nationwide search for a new head coach will commence immediately.

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