Wentworth has announced that hockey coach Bill Bowes was fired Friday, for undisclosed reasons. In a press release issued Monday, Wentworth noted that assistant coach Jonathan Deptula has been named interim head coach.
There was no official reason given for Bowes’ departure. Wentworth sports information director Bill Gorman told USCHO.com that the situation was “an institutional matter” and referred all inquires to Vice President of Development Don Main.
“I can’t comment on anything more than what’s in the release at this time,” Main said. “There’s more still to be discussed. We don’t have a resolution yet.”
When asked if that meant that there was a chance that Bowes would return, Main said, “I doubt it.”
Main confirmed that the discussions to come concern the terms of the separation between Bowes and Wentworth. Bowes was not behind the bench for Wentworth’s 6-4 win at Plymouth State on Saturday.
Bowes took over a program in 1995 that had been 5-59 in its previous three seasons. After a 6-39 record his first two years, Bowes turned the program around, going 112-58-9 since then, including three ECAC Northeast titles and three trips to the NCAA tournament.
Deptula played at Wentworth from 1996-2000 and is 12th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 58 points. He has been an assistant at Wentworth since his graduation in 2000.