After sub-.500 season, Rensselaer relieves Appert of head coaching duties

The Boston College Eagles defeated the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers 4-1 in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Tournament on Saturday, October 13, 2007, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Melissa Wade)
RPI coach Seth Appert (right) went 152-221-48 over 11 seasons with the Engineers (photo: Melissa Wade).

Rensselaer coach Seth Appert has been relieved of his responsibilities with the Engineers, Rensselaer athletic director Dr. Lee McElroy announced Monday in a brief statement.

“We conduct annual evaluations of our athletic programs and the performance of all our coaches at the end of the season and we have determined that a change in leadership is necessary,” McElroy said in the statement. “We appreciate Coach Appert’s contributions and wish him the best in his career.”

Rensselaer has engaged Parker Executive Search to lead a national search for the next head coach.

In 11 seasons as RPI’s coach, Appert compiled a 152-221-48 mark, making the NCAA tournament in 2011, but only finished .500 or better in four of those 11 seasons.

Appert guided the Engineers to an 8-28-1 record in 2016-17.