Roque Out at Lake Superior State
CHN Staff Report
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. Lake Superior State is letting head coach Jim Roque go after announcing today it will not renew his contract.
Roque just completed his ninth season as the Lakers’ head coach and led LSSU to a 16-19-1 record. He had a career record of 136-165-46. He also served three stints with the Lakers as an assistant coach.
LSSU finished eighth in the WCHA, but lost a tiebreaker with Bemidji State and failed to make the postseason. It was the Lakers' first season in that conference after the dissolution of its long-time home, the CCHA.
“I appreciate how much Jim Roque loves Laker Hockey and we thank him for what he has devoted to our program,” athletic director Kris Dunbar said. “I wish him the best, but at this time we are choosing to move in a different direction with our leadership.”
The school said a national search for Roque’s successor will begin immediately.
Roque took over for Frank Anazalone prior to the 2005-06 season, and led the Lakers to a winning season, its first in six years. In 2007, the Lakers reached the CCHA semifinals for the first time in 11 years.
Previously, Roque, who played for the Lakers from 1983-87, had three different stints as an assistant coach with the program. He first worked under Anzalone and Jeff Jackson as the team won a national championship in 1988 and 1992. He went on to become an assistant coach at Clarkson, where his teams, under Mark Morris, made the NCAAs four times during his tenure.
As a player, Roque was a part of the first Lake Superior State team to make the NCAAs, in 1985.