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Vitucci resigns as Walleye head coach

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Walleye Coach Nick Vitucci has resigned as  head coach effective immediately, but will stay with the team in some capacity.

Assistant coach Dan Watson will take over for Vitucci while the team searches for a permanent replacement. It is unclear what role Vitucci will move into with the team.

"I have enjoyed my time coaching the Walleye," Vitucci said in a statement Tuesday. "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," Walleye General Manager Joe 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 was head coach of the Toledo Storm for three seasons before the team suspended operations in 2007. He has coached the Walleye since the team's inception in 2009.

The Walleye are 16-31-3 so far this season and likely to miss the playoffs.

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