After 8 seasons behind the bench at his alma mater Michigan Tech, Jamie Russell has stepped down. The news was first reported by Grand Forks Herald beat writer Brad Elliott Schlossman that Russell was out at Tech. Shortly after Jess R Meyers noted that Russell had stepped down.
Russell never really got it going at Tech. His best season, in '06-'07 he was only one game over .500 and finished with a career record of 70-197-37, well short of expectations from when he took over the program.
The Kamloops, BC native had some interesting comments in the press release sent out from the school. "I want to thank all the people in the community who were so loyal to the Huskies -- through the good times and through the tougher times when we faced numerous injuries and the loss of some outstanding new recruits who were not to able to make it all the way to Tech ice. My family and I have enjoyed being a part of this community and will be saddened to leave, but look forward to the adventures ahead."
Russell is obviously talking about Casey Pierro Zabotel and Jake Hauswirth, two solid recruits who never made it to Tech. CPZ couldn't pass the NCAA clearinghouse and Hauswirth signed a free agent contract with the Washington Capitols after tearing up their summer rookie camp. Ironically both Hauswirth and Casey Pierro Zabotel are currently in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones.
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