Culhane Fired at Western Michigan
CHN Staff Report
KALAMAZOO, Mich. Western Michigan has decided to fire head coach Jim Culhane, effective at the end of the season. According to the school, Culhane has accepted a reassignment with the office of Development at WMU.
“After a very diligent evaluation of our hockey program, we have made the decision to move toward a new direction in terms of the leadership of Bronco hockey," Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard said in a statement.
Culhane (158-219-45) will coach the Broncos through the remainder of the 2009-10 campaign.
The Broncos are 8-17-5 this season, and 4-16-4 in the CCHA, which is 11th place.
Western Michigan made the NCAAs most recently in 1995-96 with a 27-win season under Bill Wilkinson. Wilkinson was relived of his duties in the middle of the 1998-99 season, amid a 6-20-8 year that included inquiries into some potential NCAA rules violations.
Culhane took over in the middle of that season, and broke .500 in 2000-01 and 2001-02. But the Broncos haven't broken .500 since, and won just 14 and 8 games, respectively, in the last two seasons.
Culhane played for Western Michigan through 1986-87 before eventually becoming an assistant coach at his alma mater. He worked as an assistant under Wilkinson along side Mike Schafer, who left to become Cornell's head coach in 1995.
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