Sunday, December 31, 2006

Mendelson out as Rangers coach

The Marquette Rangers have released Leigh Mendelson from his contract as head coach, effective December 29, 2006.

“As an organization we do not take pride in having to make these kinds of decisions,” stated David Saint-Onge, president and general manager of the Rangers. “We remain committed to advancing our quality of play and the development of our organization. We have great respect for Leigh Mendelson and are extremely appreciative of his service to the organization. We wish him the very best and will support him in any way he may ask.”

To ensure team continuity and player development, Randy Enders has agreed to assume the role of interim head coach.

“Coach Enders has served our organization as assistant coach and we appreciate his willingness to serve as interim head coach,” stated Saint-Onge.

Enders joined the Rangers in July 2006. As a player, Enders played defense with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers for two seasons and served as team captain. His NCAA career included one season for the University of Alaska-Anchorage and three seasons with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Enders began his coaching career as an instructor at the Musketeers Hockey School. He also served as head instructor at the Winners Edge Development Camp and was an assistant coach with the Sheboygan (Wisc.) High School program.

“We have had the opportunity to watch Randy help form and develop our team over the last six months. His work ethic, attention to detail and camaraderie with the players are strong assets on which our organization and players can continue to rely,” stated Saint-Onge.

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