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Walt Kyle was head coach at Northern Michigan since Rick Comley left in 2002 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Northern Michigan fired Walt Kyle on Friday after 15 seasons as head coach.

The school announced that Kyle’s contract wouldn’t be renewed and that it would begin a search for the third head coach in program history.

Kyle was 265-263-68 in 15 seasons, after taking over for Rick Comley.

The Wildcats were 13-22-4 this season and finished eighth in the 10-team WCHA.

“Walt has played a major role in the most significant moments in Northern Michigan hockey history,” Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr said in a statement. “I enjoyed working with him, and I am thankful that he always supported every program in the department. I appreciate his work and dedication to the hockey program and wish him well in all future endeavors.”

Kyle played two seasons at Northern Michigan after transferring from Boston College. He captained the 1980 and 1981 Wildcats teams that advanced to the Frozen Four.

He was then a graduate assistant under Comley and, starting in 1982, an assistant coach.

In 2015, Kyle was placed on administrative leave by the school for undisclosed reasons. He was reinstated a week later.

Kyle renegotiated his contract with the school later in 2015, adding an end date of the conclusion of the 2016-17 season instead of a rolling end date, The Mining Journal of Marquette reported.

  • DrunkTrainPolka

    .
    while having a fresh start usually plays out well in the beginning, does NMU have the re$ource$ to hire somebody that is better?

    firing WK for the sake of it does not necessarily mean you have a decent plan, if at all a plan, going forward.

    but here is hoping for the best! …and that’s coming from a tech fan.

    GO TECH GOLD!
    .

    • Sparky

      I can think of several young, talented coaches NMU could hire. They are unproven as HC’s….but this is the case most of the time in CH.

      • DrunkTrainPolka

        .
        here is hoping for the best. seth appert comes to mind… he played for FSU…
        .

    • BlueLion

      Can’t have a coach facing felony charges run a team.

  • DrunkTrainPolka

    .
    while having a fresh start usually plays out well in the beginning, does NMU have the re$ource$ to hire somebody that is better?

    firing WK for the sake of it does not necessarily mean you have a decent plan, if at all a plan, going forward.

    but here is hoping for the best! …and that’s coming from a tech fan.

    GO TECH GOLD!
    .

    • Sparky

      I can think of several young, talented coaches NMU could hire. They are unproven as HC’s….but this is the case most of the time in CH.

      • DrunkTrainPolka

        .
        here is hoping for the best. seth appert comes to mind… he played for FSU…
        .

    • BlueLion

      Can’t have a coach facing felony charges run a team.

  • Vinnie Vega

    Former Maine HC Tim Whitehead is at a prep school in NH, Former UML HC Blaise MacDonald is at D3 Colby. Former PC HC Tim Army is an asst w/ the Avs. Not sure any would be willing to move, but they’re out there.

  • Vinnie Vega

    Former Maine HC Tim Whitehead is at a prep school in NH, Former UML HC Blaise MacDonald is at D3 Colby. Former PC HC Tim Army is an asst w/ the Avs. Not sure any would be willing to move, but they’re out there.

  • BlueLion

    Let’s see here. Unable to get the team passed the first round of the conference playoffs since 2010 (CCHA/WCHA). Unable to have a winning season in a sub-prime conference. The fans have quit showing up for the games. Mr. Kyle should have shown some class taking responsibility for the team performance and just resigned.

    • Candace

      Seems like more is going on. There was a two-count felony arrest warrant put out for him.

      • BlueLion

        I just saw this..mortgage fraud and forgery. Should be interesting to see the details of the crime. Anyways, two years at a alumni gathering, it was basically laid out that the new 2 year contract that he got was a way to push him out the door. They gave him for the team and they weren’t reached. I got the feeling the administration, not necessary the new president at the time, wanted Kyle gone. The players arrested a few years ago, the incident that caused him to be suspended for a weekend, and now this..

    • Deep Throat

      How about just getting arrested, instead?

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  • BlueLion

    Let’s see here. Unable to get the team passed the first round of the conference playoffs since 2010 (CCHA/WCHA). Unable to have a winning season in a sub-prime conference. The fans have quit showing up for the games. Mr. Kyle should have shown some class taking responsibility for the team performance and just resigned.

    • Candace

      Seems like more is going on. There was a two-count felony arrest warrant put out for him.

      • BlueLion

        I just saw this..mortgage fraud and forgery. Should be interesting to see the details of the crime. Anyways, two years at a alumni gathering, it was basically laid out that the new 2 year contract that he got was a way to push him out the door. They gave him for the team and they weren’t reached. I got the feeling the administration, not necessary the new president at the time, wanted Kyle gone. The players arrested a few years ago, the incident that caused him to be suspended for a weekend, and now this..

    • Deep Throat

      How about just getting arrested, instead?

      • guevara.emma@mail.ru

        I have earned 104000 bucks last year by doing an online job at my house and I did that by work­ing part time for several h a day. I was following an earning model I came across from company that i found online and I am so excited that i earned such great money. It’s user friendly a­­n­­d I’m so grateful that i learned about it. Here is what i do… http://tny­.­im/8Al