Hrkac out as head coach at Concordia (Wis.)

Concordia (Wis.) announced Thursday that head coach Tony Hrkac, the program’s only coach since starting the program in 2007, will not return next season.

“I have a great deal of respect for Tony Hrkac and the time he invested in accepting the incredibly difficult task of starting our men’s hockey program,” Concordia director of athletics Dr. Rob Barnhill said in a statement. “It has been decided that it is time to move our men’s hockey program in a new direction to achieve our competitive goals. I want to thank Tony and his staff for the program that they have built and wish him and his family the very best moving forward.”

Hrkac recently completed his fifth season at CUW with a 10-109-10 overall record.

A national search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.