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Men's hockey coach Troy Jutting reassigned to other duties at Minnesota State Mankato
President Richard Davenport thanked Jutting for his service and loyalty to university.
Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State University, Mankato officials announced that they have reached an agreement with head men’s hockey coach Troy Jutting that will include a reassignment to other administrative responsibilities at the University effective immediately and through the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30, 2013. The reassignment was approved by Minnesota State Mankato President Dr. Richard Davenport.
Davenport said he will be closely involved with Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman in a national search for a new head 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.”
Davenport thanked Jutting for his loyalty to Minnesota State Mankato over 12 years as a head coach, 10 years as an assistant coach and four years as a player. "We appreciate Troy’s service as head coach of our men’s hockey program, and we are confident he will continue to have a significant and positive impact in this new administrative role," Davenport said.
Buisman echoed Davenport’s comments.
"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."
In his 12 seasons with Minnesota State Mankato, Jutting guided the Mavericks to a 184-224-55 (.467) overall record. A Richfield, Minn., native and a 1987 MSU grad, Jutting’s association with MSU spans 26 years (four years as a player from 1982-86, ten years as an assistant coach from 1990-2000 and 12 years as head coach from 2000-2012). A two-time recipient of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Coach of the Year award (2002-03 and 2007-08), Jutting led the Mavericks to two top-five WCHA regular-season finishes (2002-03 and 2007-08), one WCHA Final Five appearance (2002-03) and one appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament (2002-03).
Davenport and Buisman said Jutting’s potential assignments will include fundraising, marketing, program development, capital projects, and community relations, amongst other possible duties.
In addition, Jutting will serve as a special assistant to the president, providing assistance to Davenport in his leadership role with the presidents of the re-aligned WCHA.
"Troy has demonstrated that he has a lot to offer the University in another capacity, and we look forward to facilitating this opportunity for professional growth and development," Davenport said.
Jutting thanked Minnesota State Mankato for the opportunity to be head coach for 12 years and said he looked forward to the future.
"I am excited about beginning a different set of duties and responsibilities and look forward to the new challenges they will offer," said Jutting. "This community and Minnesota State has meant a lot to me over the years. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with so many outstanding young men and with the other coaches and staff members within Maverick Athletics. 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. 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."
Said Buisman on the future of the Minnesota State Mankato men’s hockey: "I believe there are exciting things ahead for Maverick hockey. As we will soon begin a transition to realignment within the WCHA, there is a great opportunity to pursue success in the years immediately ahead of us. 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."