Bennett out of Union after coaching style inquiry

Union men’s hockey coach Rick Bennett resigned Friday following an internal investigation into his coaching practices, the college said in a news release.

Bennett, who has managed the Dutch for the past 11 seasons, was placed on leave on January 20 after an allegation about his coaching style and practices, the school said.

Assistant coach John Ronan was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Under Bennett, Union won the NCAA national championship in 2014, the only title in program history.

“Coach Bennett has been synonymous with Union hockey for the past 17 years and has built a program we can all be proud of,” said Union College Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin. “This resolution is the best way forward for both Coach Bennett and our men’s hockey program. Our number one priority is to fully support our student-athletes.

Union is 8-12-3 (6-7-1) and sits fifth in the ECAC this season.

“I made this decision because I felt it was in the best interests of Union College hockey. It has always been at the forefront of my thoughts,” Bennett said in the statement provided by the college. “I wish the program all the best this season and in the future.”