Clark, Blatchford leave Denver coaching staff for ‘other opportunities’

Denver announced Friday that assistant coach Joe Clark and volunteer assistant coach Brett Blatchford have both resigned their posts in order to pursue “other opportunities.”

Clark and Blatchford both joined Denver’s coaching staff last summer.

“Joe and Brett both did a great job for us this past season and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” DU head coach Jim Montgomery said in a statement. “Joe has family obligations that necessitate his resignation and we completely respect his decision to move on while Brett has decided to focus on his real estate career, which we also respect. We thank both of them for their contribution to DU hockey and we will begin the search for their replacements immediately.”

Prior to arriving in Denver, Clark spent 25 years as an NHL scout, minor/European league general manager/head coach and collegiate goaltending coach. He will soon be relocating to Boca Raton, Fla., to be with his wife, Stephanie, and children, Sydnie, Tanner and Ella.

“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Montgomery gave me with Denver and have nothing but the utmost of respect for the DU hockey program and athletics department,” Clark added in a news release. “This was definitely a difficult decision as I truly enjoyed my time with the Pioneers, but my family commitments make continuing on in my current role with the program impossible. My family is the most important thing in my life and I’m excited to be able to spend more time with them in the coming months and years.”

Now a broker associate at Denver’s Porch Light Real Estate Group, Blatchford spent four seasons at Notre Dame from 2006 to 2010.

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