His past four years, Karl Sundquist said, have been about family, boating, and not doing much with hockey.
A chance to coach at Xavier has dragged him back in. The school announced Sundquist as its new head hockey coach on Friday.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” Sundquist said. “I know we’re going to be losing a bunch to graduation and maybe a couple of more to prep schools. I’m up for the challenge, rough as it might be out of the gate.”
Sundquist was a longtime coach at Avon, which also had a co-op with St. Paul for most of his tenure. (Avon has since been folded into the Farmington Valley Generals co-op.) He moved to Cheshire in 2011 but resigned under parental pressure after four seasons.
He didn’t miss that part of the job, but he missed the relationships that come from coaching.
“I don’t think I would’ve entertained coming back to high school hockey for any other job,” Sundquist said.
He takes over Xavier after an eventful year for the program.
After Dan DeConti stepped down a year ago, Xavier hired Nick Costanzo away from North Haven.
The school let Costanzo go at midseason, though. Assistants Kyle Heins and Rick Longobardi ran the bench the rest of the way, taking the Falcons to the semifinals for the third time in five years. They upset undefeated Ridgefield in overtime in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Fairfield Prep at Ingalls Rink in the semis.
Note: This story previously reported that Dan DeConti stepped down to become assistant athletic director, he was already the assistant athletic director.