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Maine hockey coach Tim Whitehead fired after 12 years on job with the Black Bears

The University of Maine has fired head hockey coach Tim Whitehead after 11 seasons.

Whitehead's departure, announced Tuesday, followed a disappointing season in which the Black Bears went 11-19-8 before failing to advance in the Hockey East playoffs.

Whitehead came to Maine from Massachusetts Lowell in 2001 and took over after coach Shawn Walsh died of cancer. That season, he took the team to the national championship game. In a statement, Whitehead said fans "have a lot to look forward to" with the current core of players and incoming recruits.

Whitehead had a record of 250-171-54 at Maine with four Frozen Four appearances and two showings in national championship games in his first six years. But he had a losing record over his last six years.