Multiple reports early Tuesday afternoon are stating that Don Lucia will not return as the head coach for the Gophers hockey team for the 2018-19 season. If true, Lucia would have competed his 19th and final season as the Gophers head coach in February with a Big Ten First Round Playoff series loss to Penn State.
I have recieved confirmation that Don Lucia is meeting with the @GopherHockey team this afternoon and will not return as their coach after 19 seasons at the helm. He did not meet with them earlier today, as was reported. @collegehockey— Jess Myers (@JessRMyers) March 20, 2018
Lucia is the winningest coach in Gopher history but has come under fire recently for his lack of recent NCAA Tournament success, the dwindling attendance at Mariucci Arena, and his team’s lackluster play.
We will keep watch for an official statement from either Lucia or the U of M as the day/week goes on.