Curtis Hodgins resigns as head coach of Whitby Fury
Courtice native likely off to Cobourg next to run the Cougars
Curtis Hodgins resigns as head coach of Whitby Fury. WHITBY -- Curtis Hodgins has resigned as head coach of the Whitby Fury. April 2012 Photo by Walter Passarella
WHITBY -- Curtis Hodgins has resigned as head coach of the Whitby Fury.
The Courtice native and long-time junior A coach informed owner Scott McCrory and GM Frank Robinson last week that he would not be returning, before officially making the announcement on Sunday.
Hodgins declined comment when reached via e-mail, but posted the following on his Twitter page Sunday night.
"In what was undoubtedly one of the toughest decisions of my coaching career, I have officially resigned my position with the Whitby Fury," Hodgins wrote, before following up with another post stating, "I will certainly miss my Fury family. Great staff and ownership, character players. I thank them all and wish them nothing but success."
While nothing has been confirmed, it's expected Hodgins will be named the new head coach of the Cobourg Cougars, likely at some point this week. Two days prior to Hodgins's official resignation, the Cougars fired head coach Justin Teakle. Meanwhile, on Monday they named Perry Bowles the team's new director of hockey operations.
Hodgins and Bowles have a long history of working together with the now-defunct Bowmanville Eagles, then owned by current Cougars co-owner Scott Mackie of Whitby.
The move by Hodgins to depart comes as shock and just two weeks after the club came two wins short of advancing to the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
Hodgins joined the Fury in April 2010 as head coach, not long after the Eagles picked up shop and merged, coincidently, with the Cougars.
Whitby missed the playoffs in year one under Hodgins, but exceeded many expectations this season, winning the South-East Conference and advancing to the OJHL final before losing to Stouffville.
While the club had an inkling Hodgins may move on, the thought was it would be up a level and into the OHL, not to another team in their league, and one in the same division no less.
"It's a tremendous shock," said Robinson on Monday. "I was hoping if he wasn't coming back to the Fury he was moving up the ladder. To (see him) move laterally is disappointing, no question."
Robinson added that he hopes to have a new coach in place for the Fury later this week.
"We've put our list together. I've got seven names in front of me, two leading names and five other very good candidates and I think by Wednesday or Thursday this week I'll be calling for a press conference to announce the new coach," he said.