MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura
Halldorson is leaving after guiding the Golden Gophers to three
national titles in 11 years.
Assistant Brad Frost will be the interim coach next season, with
a search for a permanent coach coming after the season, athletic
director Joel Maturi said Friday.
"Laura put Minnesota women's hockey on the map,'' Maturi said.
"She started with a blank slate and built a national championship
Halldorson was hired in 1996 and was the only coach of the
Gophers' women's hockey team. The school said she had been
considering this move for some time because of the demands.
"This job has been extremely time consuming, and now it will be
nice to have more time to spend with family and friends,''
Minnesota won titles in 2000, 2004 and 2005. She was two years
into a three-year contract extension awarded after the 2005
The Gophers lost to Wisconsin 3-0 in the NCAA women's
championship in 2006. They finished last season 23-12-1.
Halldorson previously coached seven years at Colby College. Her
overall record is 337-142-31. After 10 seasons at Minnesota -- the
Gophers didn't play in 1996 -- she was 278-67-22.