Jutting ousted as coach at Minnesota State Mankato
April 2, 2012 — 6:49am
After 12 seasons, Troy Jutting is out as hockey coach at Minnesota State Mankato.
He and the school reached an agreement in which he will reassigned to other administrative duties through June 2013 when his contract expires.
Said school President Dr. Richard Davenport, in a MSU news release: "This is the right time to make a change, and we’re committed to taking our men’s hockey program to new heights. 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's roots go deep with the Mavericks. He was a player there, an assistant coach for 10 years and head coach since 2000-01.
His record as head coach was 184-224-55. The Richfield native was the WCHA coach of the year after the 2002-03 and 2007-08 seasons, but those were the only two times his team finished in the top five in the conference.
His team made its only Final Five and NCAA appearances the same year, 2003.
The Mavericks finished 12-24-2 overall this past season, 8-18-2 in the WCHA which landed them in 11th place ahead of only Alaska Anchorage. Key injuries crippled MSU's chances but several of the Mavericks' top players were freshmen.
Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow @RomanStrib on Twitter. E-mail Roman.
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