Missouri Mavericks coach Scott Hillman resigns

05/21/2014 4:21 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

The Missouri Mavericks are searching for a new coach for the first time in franchise history.

Scott Hillman announced his resignation as the Mavericks’ head coach and director of player operations Wednesday to accept a coaching offer with another team, which is being finalized. He had held both positions since the franchise’s inception in 2009.

“This was a very tough decision for both me and my family,” Hillman said in a release. “We have so many fond memories of the last five seasons with the Mavericks.”

The Mavericks made the Central Hockey League playoffs each of their five seasons under Hillman.

They finished the 2013-14 season with a league-best 44 victories and received the Bud Poile Governors’ Cup, but they were eliminated by the Arizona Sundogs in the first round of the playoffs.

Mavericks president Brent Thiessen said the team will conduct a national search for Hillman’s replacement.

“His dedication to making this team a standout in the league was evident every season, and the sacrifices he made every day to push our players to be their best will not be forgotten,” Thiessen said. “... It is time now for the Mavericks to look forward to the next five seasons and fill the position with someone who shares this community’s passion for our team.”

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