MARQUETTE - Marquette Senior High School announced the resignation of head hockey coach Joe Papin on Tuesday morning. Papin guided the Redmen to two state titles, two state runner-up finishes and eight total MHSAA final fours.
"Running the program takes a lot of time and dedication throughout the year," Papin said. "The time has come to take some time off from being the head coach.
"It's not fair to the players if I'm not giving them 100 percent of my effort. It's something I've been thinking about for a couple of years. I love the game and will always be a part of it in some way or another."
In Papin's 12 years coaching Redmen hockey - with the last eight being the head coach - MSHS has captured nine of the last 12 regional titles, as well as 10 Great Northern Hockey Conference and 11 Great Lakes Hockey Conference championships.
He was named GLHC Coach of the Year eight times.
Papin, only the fourth head coach in Redmen hockey history, finishes with a 155-35-14 record as head coach.
"I've truly enjoyed my time as the Redmen hockey coach and all the players, parents and volunteers I've met," Papin said in a statement released by MSHS. "Those relationships will last a lifetime and that's what's most important to me."
MSHS athletics coordinator Jamie Tuma noted in the school's release that Papin was involved in building team locker rooms at Lakeview Arena; starting a junior varsity program; starting the Redmen Hockey Golf Outing to help defray costs of ice time for players; instrumental in starting the alumni games; as well as re-kindling the charity hockey game against the Marquette Electricians Midget AAA squad.
Tuma said the athletic department will be interviewing applicants in the near future.
"Joe's dedication to the program, his hockey knowledge, state-wide hockey connections and his overall leadership will be missed at MSHS," Tuma said.