CROOKSTON, Minn. — Mark Huglen, hockey coach at Minnesota-Crookston, resigned today to pursue his academic career full-time. He will become an assistant professor of communication in the school’s Center for Learning Foundations.
Huglen joined the faculty at Minn.-Crookston in the fall of 1996. He has served as the head hockey coach and assistant professor since that time.
“It was a hard decision for me to make, but this is a great opportunity for me to pursue my academic career full-time, and while I agonized over the decision, this move will allow me to fulfill my passion for academics and spend more time with my family,” said Huglen.
Huglen was named MCHA Coach-of-the-Year this past season after guiding the Golden Eagles to a perfect 12-0 record. They sweept the MCHA regular season and MCHA Tournament titles in their inaugural season in the league. Huglen’s career record in four seasons with the Golden Eagles was 65-34-6.
Huglen was also reported to be a finalist for an assistant coaching position with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning just a few months ago. He said then that career and family concerns would keep him in Minnesota.
Minn.-Crookston is in the process of beginning a search for a replacement.