Players Shocked By Troy Jutting’s Removal At MANKATO

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Players Shocked By Troy Jutting’s Removal at Mankato

Hours before the university announced it was reassigning him to an administrative position for the remaining 15 months of his contract and starting a national search for a new coach. Troy Jutting met with his team Sunday night, to deliver the news.

Jutting has been the Mavericks’ head coach for the last 12 years. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an assistant to Don Brose, who founded the program. Jutting played for Brose from 1982 to 1986.

Cameron Cooper, who just completed his senior year with the Mavericks, returned to Mankato on Monday after playing nine games of professional hockey in the ECHL.His agent called him with the news Sunday.

“It’s definitely a shock,” Cooper said. “He’s been a big part of the program for so long. He’s done a lot for all of us in our class. I’m kind of blown away by it.”

Another former player, Chris Clark, who was a goaltender from 2003 to 2007, tweeted: “Best of luck to Coach Jutting in all future endeavors. Gave me the opportunity to play the game I love at the Division I level. #thankful”

Now, players are wondering who will take over the program. Assistant Coaches Darren Blue and Todd Knott must be considered although the school insists on looking nationaly.

Mavericks officials held a news conference Monday to discuss Jutting’s reassignment for the remaining 15 months on his contract. He’ll help the athletics department with projects and serve as a special assistant to school President Richard Davenport in his leadership of the other WCHA schools staying in the league.

Jutting was the WCHA coach of the year in 2003 and 2008, but they only went to the Final Five and NCAA tournament once, in 2003. The Mavericks finished 11th in the 12-team league each of the last two seasons. Jutting spent 10 years as an assistant and four years as a player in the program.

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