Mutch Resigns After Probe Into Allegations

Mutch led Eagles to first appearance in women's Frozen Four this year

April 24, 2007

BOSTON (AP) - Boston College women's hockey coach Tom Mutch resigned Tuesday after a university investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct.

The school gave no details of the probe.

"An allegation of inappropriate conduct has been raised involving" the coach, BC athletics director Gene DeFilippo said in a statement. "The University takes any such matters very seriously. As a result, the Athletics Department began an investigation of the alleged incident as soon as it was brought to our attention. Coach Mutch subsequently submitted his resignation, and his resignation was accepted."

BC spokesman Chris Cameron said he had no further comment.

A telephone message left at Mutch's campus office was not immediately returned.

Earlier Tuesday, the school had issued a statement that made no reference to any allegations, saying Mutch resigned "to pursue other career interests."

That statement also praised Mutch, who led the Eagles to their first appearance in the women's Frozen Four this year and was Hockey East coach of the year.

"Tom Mutch brought our women's ice hockey program to a new level and built a strong foundation for the future," DeFilippo said in the first statement. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Mutch spent four seasons at BC with the team improving each year. The Eagles went 24-10-2 in 2006-07 and reached the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, losing to Minnesota Duluth 4-3 in double overtime.

Mutch played hockey at Northeastern from 1986-88. He became assistant coach of the U.S. women's national team in 1996 and held that position on the team that won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2002, he was an assistant coach on the Northeastern men's team.