Knott turns down Maverick’s hockey head coaching position

Minnesota State Associate head coach Todd Knott has turned down the men’s hockey head coaching position.

Knott was believed to be the obvious successor to Coach Mike Hastings, who announced Thursday that he’d accepted an offer from the University of Wisconsin.

Knott just finished his 15th season on the Maverick staff. He was elevated to his current position in 2018. 

Athletics Director Kevin Buisman said there had been a contingency plan in place for the last 14 months in case Hastings left. Buisman and college president Edward Inch each met separately with Knott Friday and offered him the job.  Buisman said Knott turned the job down during an “emotional” meeting the following day. 

In a statement, Knott said he and his family love the community, the fans, and Maverick hockey, but it was “time to start another chapter.”

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