Before the Division III hockey final last month, Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug coach Rich Minnix said, he told his seniors that there’d be no sweeter feeling than winning a championship in their last game together.
It turned out that victory was the coach’s last game with his team, too. Minnix confirmed Wednesday that he has stepped down as the Trojans’ coach after six seasons, first reported by CTHSHockey.org.
“It’s kind of sad stepping down from my alma mater,” Minnix said. “Traveling back and forth got a little too long as far as being away from my newborn and whatnot.”
Head Coach Richie Minnix has officially stepped down at LHK. #cthk
— CT HS Hockey (@CTHSHockey) April 3, 2019
Minnix, who lives in West Haven but is considering a move, has a new daughter and also coaches Southern Stars youth hockey.
He departs with a record of 71-63-3 as LHK coach, including 58-35-3 the past four seasons. The Trojans went 18-7 this season and won the program’s first championship.
“I’m definitely excited for the team. The Trojans co-op team is definitely not hurting. They’ll be good next year in (Division) II,” Minnix said, adding that he hopes assistant coach Dave Sagnella succeeds him.
This story has been updated to correct where Minnix coaches youth hockey.