Canisius Fires Cavanaugh
was in his 24th season at Canisius.
differences" with his players, Canisius athletics director
Tim Dillon abruptly fired hockey coach Brian Cavanaugh Friday.
In a prepared statement, Dillon stated, “The college has
reluctantly concluded that irreconcilable differences on a wide
range of issues had arisen between Coach Cavanaugh and the members
of the team that have caused Coach Cavanaugh to lose the trust
and confidence of the team. This had become severe enough that
we felt that a change at this point of the season was necessary.
is not a decision that was made lightly, as Coach Cavanaugh has
had a long career at Canisius during which he has contributed
much to the growth and development of our program.”
Cavanaugh, reached by Inside College Hockey Friday afternoon, expressed surprise at the turn of events.
"This is the statement I have to make: I'm sad and disappointed,” he said. "I'm in a
state of shock and I'm concerned about the welfare of my family. That's
Griffins are off to an impressive 6-2-0 start in Atlantic Hockey
play and own a 7-7-1 overall record. Cavanaugh, who was in his
24th season behind the Canisius bench, has a 347-306-57 career
record and ranks among the
top 50 winningest college coaches of all-time.
Team captain Fred Coccimiglio also expressed surprise.
"I really have no comment on the issue,” Coccimiglio said. "I found out this morning. It surprised me.”
Cavanaugh was the center of controversy four years ago when he
was suspended for five days in December 2000 for allegedly hitting
a player on the head with a stick. At the time, Cavanaugh contended
he tapped the player in order to get him to pay attention.
Assistants Clancy Seymour and Stephen Fabiilli will assuming coaching
duties on an interim basis beginning with this weekend's home-and-home
series with Mercyhurst. A search for a permanent replacement will