MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota State University Mankato has begun searching for a new men's hockey coach, removing Troy Jutting after 12 seasons.
School officials held a news conference Monday to discuss Jutting's reassignment for the remaining 15 months on his contract. He'll help the athletics department with projects and serve as a special assistant to school President Richard Davenport in his leadership of the other Western Collegiate Hockey Association schools staying in the league beyond next year. Bemidji State is among the schools that will remain after Minnesota and Wisconsin leave for the Big Ten Conference and North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Denver and Colorado College depart for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Jutting was the WCHA Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2008, but they only went to the Final Five and NCAA tournament once, in 2003. The Mavericks finished 11th in the 12-team league each of the last two seasons.
Jutting spent 10 years as an assistant and four years as a player in the MSU program.