Vitucci steps down as Walleye head coachWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci will step down as head coach of the hockey team, but will stay within the organization, the team announced Feb. 25.
Walleye assistant coach Dan Watson will take over as head coach for the remainder of the season.
“I have enjoyed my time coaching the Walleye,” Vitucci said in a news release. “It has been extremely fulfilling to start a new team and to mentor young hockey players who have a passion for the game, but I feel that it’s time for some new leadership and a new approach. This will always be a highlight in my career.”
Vitucci has been coach of the Walleye for almost five years.
“Nick has been a valuable team builder, mentor and colleague,” Toledo Walleye President and General Manager Joe Napoli said in the release. “I have been honored to work with him as head coach in developing the Toledo Walleye. But he’s ready to try other options and I – we – support him in his decision. Nick’s decision to make this move now, gives us the appropriate window to find a coaching replacement in time for recruiting and preparing for next season.
“I am happy to say that he will remain with the Walleye organization,” Napoli said. “His future role, which is yet to be finalized, will capitalize on his nearly 25 years of professional hockey experience.”
No further information was available.