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Asano Barcomb out as Union women's hockey coach

Asano Barcomb out as Union women's hockey coach

Dutchwomen have historic losing record in her nine seasons.
Asano Barcomb out as Union women's hockey coach
Claudia Asano Barcomb, whose Union College women's hockey team is in the middle of a 51-game winless team, will not be returning next season, the college announced.
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After compiling the worst record in college hockey history over nine seasons, Claudia Asano Barcomb is out as the coach of the Union College women’s team, despite athletic director Jim McLaughlin stating immediately after the season that she would be returning, the college announced this afternoon.

The coach had a year left on her contract. According to the college, she resigned.

“We thank Claudia for her efforts and work with the student-athletes both on and off the ice and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” McLaughlin said in the statement. “Claudia brought many positive attributes to the program and the campus community, as well as the student-athletes under her guidance.”

The Dutchwomen finished 2015-16 with a record of 0-28-6, becoming the first Division I women’s hockey team ever to have a winless season. (The last time a men’s team went winless was Alaska-Fairbanks in 1980-81). Union also holds the Division I hockey record for most consecutive games without a win: 51 and counting, dating back to December 2014.

At the end of the season in February, McLaughlin said the coach would be back.

“Claudia Asano Barcomb next [season] is going into the final year of a four-year contract,” McLaughlin told The Daily Gazette. “Claudia will be here. She is under contract until the summer of ’17.”

“I would like to thank the many dedicated players that I have had the privilege of coaching through these nine years at Union College,” Asano Barcomb said in a statement. “I would also like to thank my family, my staff, and the Union College community who have supported our program throughout the years.”

After nine years in Schen­ectady, Asano Barcomb amassed a record of 36-236-32 overall (.171 winning percentage). Her teams were 9-169-20 in ECAC Hockey. Her Dutchwomen had never won more than nine games in a season.

Asano Barcomb’s winning percentage is by far the worst among active Division I coaches with her experience, and no coach all-time who has coached as many games as her has won anywhere near as few.

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