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Ohio State and Jenny Potter part ways

The Buckeyes are without a women's hockey head coach 5 weeks before the season begins.

Ohio State finished the season suiting up 4 defenders.
Ohio State finished the season suiting up 4 defenders.
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Ohio State needs to hire its third women's hockey head coach in as many seasons after Jenny Potter is out of the job after a single year at the position.

The news was first reported last week by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald.

Potter, a four-time Olympian who is UMD's leading scorer, replaced Nate Handrahan as OSU's head coach in April 2015 after two seasons coaching Division 3 Trinity College (CT). Handrahan resigned previously after complaints of sexual harassment.

The Buckeyes ended last season's 10-25-1 campaign shorthanded, suiting up only 4 defenders and 16-17 players total, finishing seventh in the WCHA. Star freshman recruit Jincy Dunne did not play all season for a team that was looking to improve upon an above .500 finish in 2014-15 due to lingering concussion issues. (Neither Ohio State nor Potter would comment upon them when asked.)

During the offseason, several players transferred out of the program to teams closer to their homes. Captain Alexa Ranahan joined the University of British Columbia. Dana Rasmussen went to St. Cloud State. Claudia Kepler, last year's leading scorer, has transferred to Wisconsin, according to Bucky's Fifth Quarter's Nicole Haase.

(OSU does appear to at least have one incoming transfer, however.)

Whoever is the new head coach will have to jump in right away. Ohio State's 2016-17 season begins September 30th at RIT.