DULUTH (AP) -- Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey coach Mike Sertich plans to resign at the end of the season, ending a career that included three regular-season WCHA titles and four berths in the NCAA playoffs.
''I knew my time had come,'' Sertich, now in his 18th season, said Tuesday. ''You know that in this game.''
Sertich, 53, will assume administrative duties in the athletic department. He has a 347-324-44 overall record and a .516 winning percentage, and was named conference coach of the year four times.
''It's been a great run,'' he said. ''We set a standard for this program which no one had ever come close to reaching. That's something I'm very proud of.''
Under Sertich, Duluth won regular-season WCHA titles in 1984, 1985 and 1993 and the league playoff championship in 1984 and 1985.
A national search for a new head coach is expected to begin within a few days, and the job is to be filled by late April.
Sertich and the Bulldogs are struggling through what will be a second-consecutive losing season. Minnesota-Duluth (12-18, 8-16 WCHA) is currently in eighth place in the WCHA.
Sertich has also had health problems. He has had surgery three times in recent years for a degenerative condition in his spine, and he fainted behind the bench in 1995, an episode traced to a heart problem.
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