Jutting Relieved of Coaching Duties at Minnesota State
CHN Staff Report
MANKATO, Minn. Minnesota State coach Troy Jutting has been relieved of his duties and "reassigned" by the school, it announced today. Jutting has a contract that runs through June 30, 2013.
School president Richard Davenport said he will work closely with athletic director Kevin Buisman on a national search for a new coach, which will begin immediately.
"This is the right time to make a change, and we’re committed to taking our men’s hockey program to new heights," Davenport said. "Part of our emerging national prominence as a university is raising our level of competitiveness in men’s hockey and all of our sports."
Jutting spent 26 years with the program, including four as a player, 10 as an assistant coach, and the last 12 as head coach. He guided the Mavericks to a 184-224-55 (.467) record in that span, and is a two-time recipient of the WCHA Coach of the Year award (2002-03 and 2007-08). The Mavericks made the Final Five just once, in 2002-03, the year of their only NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I commend Coach Jutting’s loyalty, service, and commitment to the program," said Buisman. "He went about his business with a steadfast determination, as he worked very hard to make his teams competitive in what is currently one of the best college hockey conferences in the country. His character and professional integrity were unwavering and the welfare and personal development of his players were always a top priority."
The Mavericks were besieged by injuries this past season, and finished 12-24-2. However, there are a number of good prospects on the roster for the next coach to work with.
Minnesota State will be part of a new-look WCHA starting in 2013-14, when the Big Ten and NCHC schools leave, and other remaining CCHA programs join. There is a lot of uncertainty over how it will affect schools like Minnesota State, but there is also the promise of a door being wide open for the Mavericks to be at the top of the new conference more consistently.
"Ttere is a great opportunity to pursue success in the years immediately ahead of us," Buisman said. "The potential for facility improvements is at hand and we are committed to developing the right combination of resources to place ourselves in a position where we will soon compete for conference championships and a berth in postseason tournaments. I am confident that these factors will make this position a very attractive one, and I am excited to begin exploring our future direction."
Jutting will concentrate on fundraising, marketing, program development, capital projects, and community relations, amongst other possible duties.
"I leave this position with a lot of great memories and am extremely proud of the work we’ve done in ensuring that our student-athletes have earned degrees, have become successful professionally and are serving as community leaders," Jutting said. "We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 12 years with the game of hockey in creating an environment in which the program went to the NCAA Division I postseason for the first time and our players have had a chance to achieve their goals of playing the game at its highest levels professionally."