After suggesting to the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday night that he would return for another season, Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais, 66, informed his team on Tuesday that he is leaving the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.
The two-time NCAA champion at North Dakota is 146-133-30 in eight seasons in Omaha, including two NCAA berths and a 2015 Frozen Four berth. But the Mavericks have placed sixth in the eight-team NCHC the past two seasons.
His resignation, made a day before his annual meeting with the Omaha athletic director, creates four head openings out of the 60 Division 1 programs. The other openings are at Niagara, Northern Michigan and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.