Cheshire boys ice hockey coach Karl Sundquist has resigned, citing personal reasons, athletic director Steve Trifone announced Friday.
Sundquist coached the Rams for four seasons, including an appearance in the Division II tournament quarterfinals last year. Cheshire went 8-10 in the regular season and defeated North Haven, 5-2, in the first round, but lost to Conard, 4-2, in the quarterfinals.
Overall, Sundquist was 36-46 as head coach with three state playoff appearances, including Division I in 2012.
He previously coached at Avon prior to coming to Cheshire.
UPDATE: According to an extensive report in the Meriden Record-Journal, Sundquist was pressured to resign due to pressure from parents.
“Trust me, it’s not what I wanted,” Sundquist told the Record-Journal. “I hoped I would be here over 20 years. I’ve got 18 years of coaching high school hockey under my belt. I enjoy working with this age group. It’s a shame it has to end after just four years.
“You have to make tough decisions and you ruffle feathers. I ruffled the wrong feathers and they went straight to the top. I think the top was tired of hearing it.”