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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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