After 8-24-4 season in 2015-16, Micheletto relieved of Massachusetts head coaching job

John Micheletto went 39-88-13 in four seasons with Massachusetts (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Massachusetts announced on Sunday that head coach John Micheletto has been relieved of his duties after four seasons behind the bench.

Micheletto compiled a record of 39-88-13 with a record of 8-24-4 in 2015-16 for the Minutemen.

“On behalf of UMass Athletics, we thank John for his four years in Amherst,” Massachusetts director of athletics Ryan Bamford said in a statement. “John worked hard to improve our hockey program and we wish him well with his future endeavors. Our expectation is to be a top contender every year in Hockey East, the premiere collegiate hockey conference. We will work aggressively to recruit a head coach to our hockey program that can realize those expectations.”

A national search to fill the position is already underway, the school announced.

The Minutemen finished last or second-to-last in the Hockey East standings in all four seasons under Micheletto.

UMass hasn’t had a winning season since 2006-07 under coach Don “Toot” Cahoon, who stepped down after the 2011-12 season.

Micheletto was Vermont’s associate head coach from 2003 to 2012, with previous college assistant stints at Union and Notre Dame.