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Vermont Coach Kevin Sneddon Will Step Down

Kevin Sneddon, head coach at Vermont for the last 17 seasons, announced today he’d be stepping down and retiring at the end of the season.

Sneddon’s tenure in Burlington has been marked by ups and downs. The last three seasons have been particularly difficult, with 10 and 12 wins, followed by this year’s 3-18-4 record so far.

This is the last year of Sneddon’s contract, and last summer, athletic director Jeff Schulman declined to extend his deal. Consequently, a change is not a surprise, one way or another.

“The decision to retire from college hockey coaching and announce this now has been a difficult one but I truly believe it is in the best interest of the program,” Sneddon said in a statement. “It allows Jeff to begin the search process for the next coach immediately and removes the speculation about my status here at UVM. I will continue to love, care, and teach our student-athletes daily and compete with everything I have for the remainder of this season. My players, staff, and support staff mean the world to me, and I will continue to work tirelessly for them to help this team improve down the stretch. I will have plenty of thanks to dole out at a later date, but for now, I prefer to focus on the team and our season.”

Sneddon started his head coaching career at Union, then left for Vermont when former coach Mike Gilligan retired in 2003. The team won 21 games in his second season, the moved to Hockey East from the ECAC. By 2008-09, Sneddon led Vermont back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Martin St. Louis was playing, and all the way to the Frozen Four. The Catamounts made the NCAAs again the next year, had three poor seasons in a row, but the returned to the NCAAs in 2014. Vermont had two more 20-win seasons after that with Sneddon, and has 249 wins with the Catamounts to date.

Overall, Sneddon is 299-395-100 in his head coaching career.

“I’m very appreciative of everything that Kevin has contributed during his 17 years leading our men’s hockey program,” Schulman said. “In addition to three NCAA appearances and a Frozen Four, Kevin has always led with a high level of integrity and a commitment to the academic and personal well-being of our student-athletes. Kevin’s participation and emphasis on community engagement and volunteering will also be an enduring part of his legacy at UVM. On behalf of my colleagues in the athletic department, I wish Kevin all the best as he moves on from UVM.”

Sneddon was 2008 Hockey East Coach of the Year.

As a player, Sneddon was a part of the 1989 Harvard national championship team as a freshman. He played four years at Harvard as a regular defenseman.

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