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NMU Coach Kyle Placed on Indefinite Leave

CHN Staff Report

Walt Kyle, Northern Michigan's head coach for the last 13 years, has been placed on administrative leave by athletic director Forrest Karr, WLUC-TV in Michigan has reported.

According to the report, Kyle was placed on leave Monday, along with associate AD Bridget Berube Carter, and the team was told Tuesday. Assistant coaches Rob Lehtinen and John Kyle will be co-head coaches in his absence.

No time frame was given for the leave. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.

According to the report, Karr only said, "It's the university's standard practice not to comment on personnel issues."

Northern Michigan is set to play a weekend series at Penn State. The Wildcats are currently in 5th place in the WCHA with a 6-8-4 (9-8-5 overall).

Karr is a former chair of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee, and was previously the athletic director at Alaska.

Walt Kyle was a captain for the Wildcats in 1980 and 1981 when they advanced to the Frozen Four. He was an assistant coach under Rick Comley when NMU won the 1991 national championship.

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