Vitucci resigns from Walleye bench

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TOLEDO, OH – Toledo Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci is stepping down from the position he has held for almost five years. He has given his resignation, which is effective immediately, to team President and General Manager Joe Napoli.

Toledo Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci resigned Tuesday morning (Photo courtesy of Toledo Walleye)

Toledo Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci resigned Tuesday morning (Photo courtesy of Toledo Walleye)

“I have enjoyed my time coaching the Walleye,” Vitucci said. “It has been extremely fulfilling to start a new team and to mentor young hockey players who have a passion for the game, but I feel that it’s time for some new leadership and a new approach. This will always be a highlight in my career.”

“Nick has been a valuable team builder, mentor and colleague,” Napoli said. “I have been honored to work with him as head coach in developing the Toledo Walleye. But he’s ready to try other options and I – we – support him in his decision. Nick’s decision to make this move now, gives us the appropriate window to find a coaching replacement in time for recruiting and preparing for next season. I am happy to say that he will remain with the Walleye organization. His future role, which is yet to be finalized, will capitalize on his nearly 25 years of professional hockey experience.”

Vitucci has been a fixture in Toledo since the 2003-2004 season when he took over part way through the year. In four seasons with the Storm before the franchise closed, he amassed a record of 140-104-8-13.

When the Walleye came into existence starting in 2009, Vitucci was again behind the bench. Over four full seasons, he was 133-127-0-28 behind the bench. This season, the Walleye find themselves in the basement of the ECHL’s Eastern conference with a record of 16-31-3-1.

Toledo Walleye Assistant Coach Dan Watson, will assume the leadership coaching position for the remainder of the season. He has been with the Toledo Walleye since its inception.

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