Michigan State has fired head coach Danton Cole. The school announced the move moments ago. Though it was framed as a mutual decision, Michigan State AD Alan Haller was quoted as saying he made the decision.
"Over the last month, I spent time evaluating where we currently stand as a hockey program. It's become clear to me that it's in the best interests of the program to make a change in leadership and begin a new era of Spartan hockey," Haller said. "Danton Cole is a Spartan alum who put his heart into this job and we appreciate his efforts and dedication.
"I believe a fresh start is what the program needs most. We have a proud championship history and a passionate alumni group. With a renovated Munn Ice Arena opening this fall and a renewed commitment to the success of the program, great things are on the horizon for Spartan hockey."
Cole is a Michigan State alum. The Spartans went 12-23-1 this past season. In five seasons running the program, Cole went 58-101-12.
Last month, Cole fired assistant coach Joe Exter. Exter was responsible for recruiting.
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