Coach loses job for allegedly partying with players
CU’s Division II club ice hockey head coach Jeff Eaton was fired for violating the CU Club Sports Coach’s Code of Conduct, according to team members.
According to freshman team member Sean Carpenter, trainers had received complaints that the coach had allegedly attended an off-campus party with players, which led to the dismissal.
Bronson Hilliard, director of media relations and spokesperson for CU, confirmed Eaton’s dismissal.
“He was fired for conduct that violated his conduct coaching agreement that he signed with the Rec Center,” Hilliard said.
Although Hilliard would not specify as to how Eaton broke his conduct agreement, it is believed that he was fired for conduct related to an off-campus party.
Eaton took over the team last year after the season’s start, according to the team’s Web site. The Web site also says that Eaton previously was also the general manager and hockey director of a club in Canada.
The team is currently playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Championship in Fort Collins. The team won their first game 5-1 in the first round on Wednesday night.
In February, CU’s Division III hockey club saw their season end after a game against the University of Northern Colorado broke out into a fight. Head coach Tyler Katsos received a 15-game suspension.
Junior Division II team captain Jimmy Knowlton was reached but directed The Campus Press to General Manager Everett Pfeiff. Pfeiff could not be reached for comment.
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