Kleinendorst Steps Down at UAH
CHN Staff Report
Kurt Kleinendorst has stepped down from his position as head coach at Alabama-Huntsville, the school announced on Wednesday. Kleinendorst coached the Chargers for one season after replacing Chris Luongo just a few days before last season started. It was their last season as an independent, as they are set to join the WCHA this fall.
“Kurt Kleinendorst has steadied the rough waters during our transition into the WCHA, and we will always be grateful to him for that,” athletic director E. J. Brophy said in a statement. “He has signed nine quality recruits for next fall, and he has done a fantastic job with our program. Now that we have our program on firm footing, we will start the process of identifying the coach who will lead our hockey program into the WCHA.”
UAH was the first college coaching job for Kleinendorst, who played at Providence from 1979 to 1983. He had previously been a head coach for the AHL Lowell Devils, the U.S. Under-18 team and the AHL Binghamton Senators. He also served as an assistant coach and scout for the New Jersey Devils in the early 2000s.
“This has been a great experience for me — my first in collegiate sports,” Kleinendorst said in a statement. “I've grown to really respect the college game. This is just about me being true to myself, and my passion is for pro hockey.
“I'm going to miss the guys, but I know the program is in a great place. I'm going to be watching closely as the new coach moves it forward as he comes into a really great situation. I'd like to thank President Altenkirch and Dr. Brophy for giving me this opportunity because without a doubt, I'm a better coach today because of it.
“I want to wish everyone great success as the team moves into the WCHA.”
UAH will begin the search for its next coach immediately. No timetable for the process was given.