Students Surprised Longtime UND Coach Steps Down
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As the UND coach is saying goodbye, so are the students.
Many say they were shocked when they heard the news of Dave Hakstol’s resignation.
It’s a change that surprised many students and community members in Grand Forks.
They say the announcement came out of nowhere; however, they will remain faithful UND hockey fans.
“I didn’t know that he was leaving, kind of shocked,” said UND Student Logan Keitzman.
“Yeah, I didn’t know Hakstol was leaving,” said UND Student Matt Elbert.
“Really surprised, I thought it was a joke at first and then found out that it was real. Kind of disappointed,” said UND Student Logan LeTexier.
This is the reaction from many who we talked to on UND’s campus.
They’re shocked longtime men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol resigned to move onto coaching in the NHL.
“I guess I always had a feeling that Dave Hakstol would be able to move on and go to the pro’s, or coach the pro’s but I guess I was just surprised that happened so soon. I wasn’t expecting to hear that this morning but you never know I guess,” said Brooke Urbaniak of Argyle, Minnesota.
Hakstol will be replaced by former assistant coach Brad Berry.
With a familiar face taking over, students are confident the team will remain strong.
“It’s a good hire, I think he’s got experience at both the pro level and the college, and it’s kind of just the continuation of success for the program,” said Elbert.
“I mean he definitely has some big shoes to fill but I have no doubt that he can accomplish anything,” said Urbaniak.
Logan Keitzman doesn’t blame Hakstol for the move.
“If he’s going to go coach for the fliers, I mean I think everyone should take the chance to step up to the pro’s,” said Keitzman.
The loss of Hakstol as a coach is definitely impacting many UND hockey fans, but as you heard they are also optimistic.