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Duluth East hockey coach Mike Randolph resigns

Mike Randolph was the coach for Duluth East from 1988-2003 and then from 2004-2021.

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Duluth East boys hockey coach Mike Randolph resigned from his position Tuesday, June 1, 2021, two days before a disciplinary hearing was set to be held with the Duluth School Board Thursday. (Clint Austin / 2017 File / News Tribune)
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Duluth Public Schools Superintendent John Magas confirmed to the News Tribune that Duluth East hockey coach Mike Randolph has resigned Tuesday.

"We thank coach Randolph for his years of service to the Duluth East High School hockey community," Magas said.

The News Tribune reached out to Randolph for comment but he declined. The Duluth School Board was scheduled to hold a special meeting Thursday for the preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual subject to its authority. Magas said he could not confirm or deny the meeting was in regards to Randolph.

The district confirmed Randolph, who is third in victories in Minnesota coaching annals, had been under investigation most of this spring after complaints were filed against him. The nature of those complaints is unknown.

While refusing comment, Randolph implied his side of the story would come out at a Friday morning news conference at the Heritage Center.

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Randolph was a standout player at powerhouse Duluth Cathedral (now Marshall) in the late 1960s.

He was a talented player who was one of the final two cut from the 1976 U.S. Olympic team before going on to begin his coaching career at St. Scholastica under his former Cathedral coach, Del Genereau.

He followed that with a two-year stint as head coach at Cathedral, an assistant’s role at Minnesota Duluth and as an assistant at Duluth Denfeld during the team’s heyday in the late 1980s.

Then he was hired at Duluth East and immediate success followed. He coached the Greyhounds to 18 Class AA state tournaments, two championships (1995, ’98) and six runner-up finishes.

But Randolph’s tenure was never without controversy. He was not retained as coach after the 2002-03 season after various complaints from parents and questionable documentation on the sale of Christmas wreaths.

Randolph was rehired in the spring of 2004.

“They had a year to search for what I did wrong, but I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told the News Tribune years later.

He surpassed 600 career wins early in the 2017-18 season, though victories weren’t plentiful his last two seasons as East finished with sub-.500 records for the first time in 67 years. His victory total stands at 658, just 49 behind record-holder Lorne Grosso of Rochester Mayo.

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Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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