Wildcats Will Not Renew Coach's Contract

The Wichita Falls Wildcats announced in a press release Wednesday evening that they will not renew the contract of first-year head coach Mark LeRose.

LeRose took over in August of 2010, during training camp, after previous head coach Mike Flanagan left for a job in the American Hockey League, the top North American professional league below the NHL.

LeRose led the team to the NAHL Showcase Tournament championship, its first-ever tournament championship, but the team's overall record was just 26-27-5.

They did make the playoffs for the first time in two years, but they fell to Topeka in five games in the first round.

In a statement released by the team on Wednesday, co-owner Roy Davoult said, "We are looking at the long-term future of the team with this move...We felt it is necessary to make changes at this time and wish Mark nothing but the best in the future."

According to the release, Davoult also said that at this time assistant coach Thomas Billick is still working with the organization.

A search is underway for a new coach, and an announcement will be made once one is hired.