COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey head coach Chris Davidson '99 M'06 has announced his resignation from the position after five years guiding his alma mater's program, and spending 16 seasons as a player and a coach at the institution, due to personal reasons. Davidson will complete his tenure later this week, while a search for his successor is currently underway.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Geri Knortz, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Zaf Bludevich, Saint Michael's College and its community for a wonderful 16 years," said Davidson. "It was a tough decision because Saint Michael's has been so good to my family and me. I wish Saint Michael's and the athletic department the best of luck moving forward."
Davidson's teams went 16-7-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference during his five seasons as head coach, winning the 2008 and 2009 NE-10 Tournaments. The 2008 NE-10 Coach of the Year led the Purple Knights to a perfect 5-0 league campaign in 2010-11, a regular-season crown and a spot in the tournament championship game. Saint Michael's qualified for the NE-10 Tournament each year during his head coaching stint.
"We thank Chris for his 16 years of dedicated service to the Purple Knights, first as a student-athlete and then as a coach in the program," said Knortz. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."
Overall, Davidson's squads posted at least 11 wins three times despite also competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East, opposing such national powers as Castleton State College, Middlebury College and Norwich University as part of league play during much of his tenure.
Davidson previously served as an assistant coach at the College for seven years, helping the Purple Knights win ECAC Division II Tournaments in both 2002 and 2003. He capped a four-year playing career by serving as captain for the 1999 NCAA Division II Tournament champion squad as a senior.