WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls Wildcats officially announced Thursday that they and former Head Coach Tony Curtale have agreed to part ways. The team described it as being "on good terms." Interim Head Coach Josh Nelson will assume that role for the rest of the 2016-17 season.
Curtale, who holds the NAHL record for coaching wins and has won 7 Robertson Cup titles in his career, took over late this summer after John LaFontaine left for Muskegon in the USHL.
Curtale was suspended indefinitely by the team on November 15th. At the time, co-owner Roy Davoult said in a release, ""We've built this organization off of values and respect. We're going to keep it that way." The team did not elaborate on the incident(s) that led to the decision.
In a team news release today, Davoult said:
"Changes are inevitable in the sports world and today we're seeing another change in the Wildcats organization. Eleven years as an owner has consisted of changes. When I first came I, Rick Brodsky told me '[H]ockey is a small world and involves good and bad, but it's a family.' I wish Tony the very best in his career and I know he will continue on. He has a great hockey mind and will be back on the bench somewhere soon. In the meantime, we will continue to strive for a Robertson Cup!"
The Wildcats start a 10-game, 4-city road trip this weekend when they travel to Corpus Christi to face the IceRays. That series has been shifted to play on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, instead of the originally-scheduled Thursday-Saturday.