The New Ulm Steel of the North American 3 Hockey league are sad to announce the resignation of Head Coach Andrew Kolb. Kolb spent the past two seasons as the Head Coach of the Steel compiling a regular season record of 55-29-5-5 and a trip to the division finals in 2017-18 season. Prior to becoming the head coach for the Steel, Kolb spent one season as the Steel’s Assistant Coach.
In addition to discussing his resignation with Steel owner Steve Black, Kolb wrote the following:
Three years ago, I was lucky enough to get hired into this great family organization. I was going in blind. First impressions to me are one of the most important traits of a person. When I arrived in New Ulm, I did not know what to expect and I had some hesitations on the way down. Meeting the owner, general manager and coach made me feel very welcomed and that mindset quickly changed. The last 3 years have been nothing but great for me. From a hockey standpoint, sure, some ups and downs, but that is part of hockey. However, the best part was getting to go to the rink every day and working with management, coaches and players and is something I cherished every single day. I am very grateful and very appreciative to have had the responsibility to help this organization to have success over the last three years.
It is with great sadness to announce my resignation from the New Ulm Steel due to wanting a different change in my lifestyle. It is a very difficult decision; however, I believe in order to have success your heart has to be fully in it, but my heart is wanting to go a different direction. I want to start the next chapter of my life and that is to be more family focused and dedicate as much time to my family as possible. I know time is valuable and I want to be committed to spending that with my family as well as providing for my family with a career that can support that.
I will always be a huge fan, supporter and friend of the Steel, cheering them on through their successes and helping in any way that I can. Again, it is a very hard decision to make but I find it necessary to change my lifestyle to be as supportive and provide as much to them as I can. I’m not sure what that will be just yet, but I will be in New Ulm if you ever need anything.
We can’t thank you enough for welcoming us into your family and sincerely hope this does not change the bond and relationship we have with all of you. Thank you for all you have done for me and for giving me such a great opportunity these last three years.
“This was certainly unexpected on the Steel’s end,” Said Steel owner Steve Black. “However, being an organization that is built around family we understand the struggle that Andrew had with his decision. We are so appreciative of what Andrew has done within the organization the past three years and will certainly miss him behind the Steel bench. Coach Kolb will still remain with the team in a scouting role and assist in the transition for a newly appointed coach.
A national search for Kolb’s replacement will begin immediately