ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- NEWS CENTER has confirmed the University of Maine has fired men's hockey coach Tim Whitehead. The Black Bears had an 11-19-8 record this year.
Whiteheadtook over the program in 2001 after the death of then head coach Shawn Walsh. He has a year left on his contract after signing an extension in 2010. UMaine will pay Whitehead $190,000 for the remaining year.
In a statement, Whitehead said, "It has been an honor to serve as the head coach of the Men's hockey team at the University of Maine for the past 12 years. My family and I feel blessed to have been part of the Maine hockey family and we will always cherish the relationships we have built, both at the University and in the Bangor community.
I have been fortunate to be surrounded with great players, coaches and staff during my time at Maine. We have fought through a lot of adversity together, but we have always embraced those challenges head on. The mutual respect of our players, coaches and staff is what matters most to me, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together, both on and off the ice."
Whitehead mentioned some of his high points as coach, including competing in seven NCAA tournaments, four Frozen Fours, two national championships as well as the 2004 Hockey East Champion and 2012 victory at Fenway Park in Boston.
During his career at Maine, Whitehead's record was 250-171-54.