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Hockey assistant Gene Reilly resigns from Colorado College post

May 11, 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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Colorado College Tigers assistant coach Gene Reilly during a timeout in the second period against the Denver Pioneers. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing.

Colorado College assistant Gene Reilly has resigned his post with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.

Reilly, 55, told Tigers coach Mike Haviland of his decision "to pursue other opportunities" on Monday. Reilly was one of the first hires for Haviland, who is entering his fourth season this fall following an 8-24-4 campaign.

Reilly spent much of his time on the road recruiting current and future Tigers. Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Following 10 seasons as a junior hockey assistant, he worked eight years as an assistant at NCAA champion Maine, Harvard and Northeastern before serving several seasons as an assistant and scout in North American and European pro leagues. The coach joined CC during the summer of 2014.

Reilly and Haviland both played for NCAA Division III Elmira (N.Y.) College and knew each other before working together for the first time.

Haviland said a national search for a replacement is already underway, and that he plans to take his time during the hiring process.

"Last time (immediately after his own hire), I was trying to fill two positions at the same time," Haviland said. "I am already getting phone calls about the position."

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