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UMass Head Hockey Coach Stepping Down

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) – After more than a decade at the helm of UMass’ hockey program, head coach Don ‘Toot’ Cahoon is stepping down.

UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon announced Tuesday that “Through the course of our recent conversations, Coach Cahoon and I mutually agreed that it would be in the program’s best interest for him to take this action at this time.”

“[Cahoon] has positioned the program well for future success, both on and off the ice, and we are excited to continue to build on the foundation that he has put in place,” McCutcheon added.

Last season, the Minutemen finished with a 13-18-5 record, and made the Hockey East playoffs for the tenth consecutive year.

“It’s been an honor to coach and work with so many fine student-athletes over the last 12 years here at UMass. Their efforts and the efforts of the faculty, staff and community members will be fond memories of my time here at Massachusetts. I look forward to the continued growth and development of this program so that it will sustain itself at the most elite level within Hockey East,” said Cahoon in a statement.

Over Cahoon’s twelve seasons with the program, the team had a record of 166-225-42. The 166 victories mark the most in the history of UMass Minuteman Hockey.

Four of UMass hockey’s All-Americans were named during Cahoon’s time at UMass, including recent Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

UMass Athletics will immediately begin a national search for Cahoon’s replacement.