Bothwell resigns

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After the worst season of his six-year tenure, women’s hockey coach Tim Bothwell apologized and announced his resignation on March 7. 

In his six years, Bothwell managed 40 total wins, 21 in Hockey East, amounting a 40-138-21 record overall.

“It is with a great deal of professional disappointment that I announce my resignation today,” said Bothwell. “I was hired to move the UVM women’s hockey program forward and we have moved forward in very significant ways since 2006.”

In his announcement, Bothwell took all of the responsibility for the team’s disappointing record. 

“However, in the coaching profession at any level, wins and losses are the ultimate measure of success and, from that perspective, I accept full responsibility for the lack of success we have achieved in my six years as head coach,” he said.

Bothwell played college hockey at Brown before a stint in the NHL with the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers. He was the assistant coach for the Canadian women’s team that took home the Olympic gold medal in 2006, an achievement that set expectations high.

Yet during his time at Vermont, Bothwell was never able to lead the Catamounts to a single playoff appearance, holding a spot in Hockey East no higher than seventh place.

“This past season has been a particular disappointment,” Bothwell said. “We had a very strong freshmen class but many factors, including key injuries, meant fewer wins than anyone expected.”

The 2011-2012 season meant an overall record of 4-22-6 for the Cats and, once again, an absence in the Hockey East tournament.

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately according to UVM director of athletics Robert Corran. Assistant coaches Mike Gilligan and Grant Kimball will manage the program until Bothwell’s successor is found.