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Arizona hockey: Wildcats Head Coach Sean Hogan leaves for Ohio

Arizona Hockey is in need of a new head coach

Jason Bartel

According to ArizonaWildcatHockey.org, Arizona head coach Sean Hogan has resigned to take the same position at Ohio University.

Hogan was the head coach for three seasons in Tucson, piling up a 45-66-2 record. This year, the Wildcats made the ACHA National Tournament for the first time since 2006, but lost in the first round to Illinois.

The Arizona Hockey History has already been updated to show that this season was Hogan's last, but the Ohio Hockey Coaching Staff page has definitely not been updated as of the night of June 2nd.

“I have decided to start a new chapter in my life and move closer to my family," Hogan said in a statement. "The opportunity at Ohio University allows me to do that and I look forward to the new challenges in Athens, OH.”

This change will certainly leave the team in a vulnerable state heading into the 2014-15 season. This, combined with the loss of key seniors like Ansel Ivens-Anderson, Andrew Murmes, and Steven Sisler will certainly be felt next year.

Hopefully they find someone soon, as this program was certainly headed in the right direction. The Convention Center is currently receiving some much-needed upgrades for hockey season, so whoever does come in will have arguably the best facility in the league to work with.

Just need to get them a practice rink in Tucson.

“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be the head hockey coach at the University of Arizona,” Hogan continued. “Tucson and the U of A are very special places, we have had a great group of young men and I am very proud of what they have accomplished during my time here. The players and staff worked extremely hard to bring Arizona Hockey back to the national stage and I am very excited for the future of Wildcat Hockey."

"I want to thank everyone at the University of Arizona’s Campus Recreation Department, the staff, the students and the faculty of the University of Arizona for making my experience an extremely positive one. I especially want to thank our student athletes who gave everything they had to make Arizona Wildcat Hockey great.”

Good luck to Coach Hogan in Ohio. He was always available and happy to talk no matter how the game went, and was always ready to help out in anyway possible. Just a great guy, and he'll be sorely missed around these parts. Thanks for everything coach! The Bobcats are lucky to have you!