The head coach who led the Marshall boys' hockey program to its first-ever state tournament appearance has resigned after just one year at the helm.
The Marshall School Board approved Dave Coudert's resignation at its meeting Monday evening. In the school board meeting minutes it was written that Coudert resigned "for personal reasons."
Coudert was named the head coach of the Marshall boys' hockey team in July of last year and helped the Tigers reach new heights in his first and only season with the program. The Tigers won the Section 3A championship as the No. 4 seed to earn their first-ever berth to the state tournament in the Marshall boys' varsity hockey program's 16th year of existence. The Tigers lost to Breck and Duluth Marshall in their two games at the state tournament and finished the season with a 14-12-1 overall record.
In less than three months, Marshall boys' hockey has gone from skating at state to looking for a new leader. Though Coudert's tenure as the Tigers' coach was brief, Marshall activities director Bruce Remme said he is appreciative of what Coudert brought to the program.
"He did a lot of good things and we feel like we've moved another step forward with the program," Remme said. "There's certainly some momentum around the state tournament berth and we appreciate everything he brought to it. Now our job is to go forward from here and again try and take the next step."
Remme said he had had discussions with Coudert while the coach was considering stepping down and that Coudert submitted his letter of resignation about two weeks ago. Remme declined go into further detail about the rationale behind Coudert's decision to resign beyond citing "personal reasons" and Coudert did not respond to phone calls requesting comment.
Coudert came to Marshall from Omaha, Neb., and spent three years coaching at the bantam hockey level before becoming the high school team's head coach. He had also served as an assistant coach for the Reebok Minnesota High Performance 15s team and as a coach in the Minnesota United AAA program.
Remme credited Coudert's dedication and his commitment to developing young talent to the success Marshall hockey had during the 2012-13 season.
"Dave put in a tremendous amount of time," Remme said. "He spent a lot of time prepping and working with the youth side of things and that's always been a strength of his. I think Dave worked really well with the coaching staff this year and, collectively, they did a nice job of putting our kids in a position to have the success that they did."