North Dakota associate coach Eades’ contract not renewed

North Dakota associate head coach Cary Eades will not have his contract renewed for the 2012-13 season.

A press release issued by the school said the move is “part of a restructuring of UND’s coaching staff.”

Eades has been a member of the Fighting Sioux coaching staff for each of head coach Dave Hasktol’s eight seasons behind the bench and was elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach prior to the 2006-07 season.

“Cary has provided tremendous leadership to our program and to the individuals within our program,” Hakstol said in a statement. “I truly appreciate the loyalty and dedication he has demonstrated throughout his time at North Dakota. At this point in time, I felt a need to redefine and restructure the roles and duties within our coaching staff. There are no additional underlying reasons for my decision, which was an extremely difficult one to make.”

Eades coached UND’s defensemen and power play and also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

“I am very appreciative of the past eight years at the University of North Dakota and am very proud of my contributions to the team’s success that we’ve enjoyed,” added Eades, who previously was an assistant coach for the 1987 NCAA and WCHA champion Sioux and played at UND from 1978-82. “Winning some form of a championship – WCHA league, WCHA playoff or NCAA regional – in each season is a testament to that. I can also hold my head high knowing that our shelves are stocked with talent for next year’s team and beyond.”

Hakstol said a definitive timeline for naming a replacement has not yet been determined.