Kyle Dismissed at Northern Michigan
CHN Staff Report
MARQUETTE, Mich. Northern Michigan has fired head coach Walt Kyle after 15 seasons. Kyle, who played for NMU, was just the second coach in the program's history, after Rick Comley.
"Walt has played a major role in the most significant moments in Northern Michigan hockey history," NMU athletic director Forrest Karr said. "I enjoyed working with him, and I am thankful that he always supported every program in the department. I appreciate his work and dedication to the hockey program and wish him well in all future endeavors."
Karr told the Marquette Mining Journal that Kyle was informed of the decision Tuesday.
Kyle compiled an overall record of 265-263-68 during 15 seasons at the helm of the program. He guided the Wildcats to six 20-win seasons and to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
This season, the Wildcats got off to a poor start, and had a late rally to finish 13-22-4, losing in the WCHA quarterfinals in three games to Bemidji State.
Kyle told the Mining Journal on Friday, “I think that anyone who knows me knows that I’m not going to harbor any bitterness toward the university on this. I look back at my career in retrospect and I’m really grateful and thankful. I was fortunate enough to coach at the university I love, and a hockey program that I love that I played in and cut my teeth to be a coach in, and I was able to do it in what I think is the greatest community in the world filled with the greatest people in the world.”
Kyle played two seasons at Northern Michigan after transferring from Boston College and recorded 31 goals and 90 points in 85 career games. He captained the 1980 and 1981 Wildcat teams that advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four.
After graduating from Northern Michigan in 1981, Kyle became a graduate assistant coach under Rick Comley. He was promoted to assistant coach in 1982 and held that position until 1992. He was the top assistant coach when the Wildcats won the 1991 NCAA Division I national title.