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College hockey: Sneddon stepping down at Vermont

College hockey: Sneddon stepping down at Vermont

Started coaching career at Union
College hockey: Sneddon stepping down at Vermont
Former Union College hockey coach Kevin Sneddon is retiring as Vermont head coach.
Photographer: University of Vermont Athletic photo

Vermont men’s hockey head coach and former Union College men’s hockey head coach Kevin Sneddon announced Wednesday that he is retiring from coaching at the end of the season.

Sneddon, who was in the final year of his contract, has been the head coach of the Catamounts for 17 seasons. He has a 249-296-82 record at Vermont. The Catamounts haven’t had a winning season since 2016-17, when they went 20-13-5. Their record since then has been 25-57-14, including 3-18-4 this season. Vermont is 0-13-2 in Hockey East this season.

“The decision to retire from college hockey coaching and announce this now has been a difficult one but I truly believe it is in the best interest of the program,” Sneddon said in statement on the Vermont website. “It allows [Vermont athletic director] Jeff [Schulman] to begin the search process for the next coach immediately and removes the speculation about my status here at UVM.  I will continue to love, care, and teach our student-athletes daily and compete with everything I have for the remainder of this season. My players, staff, and support staff mean the world to me, and I will continue to work tirelessly for them to help this team improve down the stretch. I will have plenty of thanks to dole out at a later date, but for now, I prefer to focus on the team and our season.”

The highlight of Sneddon’s career at Vermont was guiding the Catamounts to the 2009 Frozen Four. They lost to eventual-champion and Hockey East-rival Boston University 5-4 in the semifinal.

Sneddon, who won an NCAA hockey title as a player with Harvard in 1989, began his coaching career with Union as an assistant coach under Bruce Delventhal in the 1993-94 season. He was elevated to head coach just prior to the start of the 1998-99 season after head coach Stan Moore’s sudden resignation in August 1998. In Sneddon’s first season, the Dutchmen went 3-26-3. But the Dutchmen made the ECAC Hockey tournament over the next three seasons, including their first home-ice berth in 2003. Sneddon then left Union for Vermont.

His overall career record is 299-395-40.

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