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ECAC Hockey: Princeton head coach Bob Prier resigns

Prier, who replaced Guy Gadowsky as the Tigers' head coach when the latter moved to Penn State, went 25-58-12 during his three season tenure.

Princeton University announced Monday that men's hockey head coach Bob Prier has resigned.

Prier, who replaced Guy Gadowsky as the Tigers' head coach when the latter moved to Penn State, went 25-58-12 during his three season tenure. That includes a 6-26-0 last place record this past season, which saw Princeton finish the year 2-10 over its final 12 games

2013-14 was the second time in three years Princeton was in the bottom two of ECAC standings.

"On behalf of the Princeton University, I'd like to best wish Bob Prier the best of luck in the next chapter of his career," Ford Family Director of Athletics Gary D. Walters said in a statement released Monday by the University. "Bob has represented Princeton with great energy and passion, and he had a great love for the Princeton hockey program. We wish him and his family well."

Prior to going to Princeton, Prier was an assistant coach for Joe Marsh at St. Lawrence for nine seasons.

No immediate replacement was announced. However, Princeton did state that "a national search for his successor will be held." The Tigers have not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2009 when Minnesota-Duluth scored twice in the last minute of regulation to tie the game before winning in overtime 5-4.

This is the third job opening of the year following Lake Superior State (filled by Damon Whitten) and Colorado College (filled by Mike Haviland) after Scott Owens resigned.