ELMIRA, N.Y. - After leading the Elmira Jackals to the best record in the ECHL and a berth in the Kelly Cup conference semifinals, Pat Bingham resigned as head coach on Saturday to pursue another job opportunity.
Here is the statement released by the Jackals:
The Elmira Jackals announced today that Pat Bingham has resigned as head coach of the team. A search is underway for the team's tenth head coach.
"Pat made this decision solely on what was best for his family. An opportunity outside of professional hockey presented itself and he took it. While unfortunate that Pat won't be coaching the Jackals this season, we wish him, his wife, and his son the best," said Jackals general manager Matt Hufnagel.
"I have worked diligently this entire off-season to recruit and sign a very strong returning core group of players and free agents. A very talented team is near fully assembled, and my resignation should have minimal impact on the organization," Bingham said.
Bingham led the Jackals to a 45-22-5 record in the 2011-12 season and captured the Eastern Conference regular season title.