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Gill’s resignation was an issue of time

By Jason Feldman

jfeldman@postbulletin.com

It wasn’t an easy decision for Aaron Gill, but after some downtime, he decided the timing was right.

Just more than a month after guiding the Rochester Lourdes boys hockey team to the Class A state tournament, Gill resigned as the Eagles’ head coach on Monday.

"It’s a personal decision," Gill said. "I do feel bad leaving the boys, and Lourdes is a great institution."

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Gill said he didn’t feel like he could devote the necessary time to the hockey team with what he has going on with his personal and business life.

"I’ve been thinking about (stepping down) since the end of the season," he said. "Being a coach takes a lot of time and the boys deserve a lot of time. Looking at the things I want to do, I don’t feel like I can give equal time to the boys and some of the things I want to pursue."

Gill compiled a 42-16-0 record in two seasons at the helm of the Lourdes program. He accepted the job in May 2007 after Bob Haskins resigned. Gill spent one season as the top assistant to Scott Lecy at John Marshall before accepting the Lourdes job.

Gill led the Eagles to the Section One, Class A championship game the past two seasons. The Eagles fell to a powerful Mankato West team in 2008, but they beat section rivals New Prague and Red Wing to advance to state last month, for the first time since 2003.

Lourdes lost its opener at state, but battled back with two consecutive victories for a fifth-place finish.

"Working with the boys and seeing them improve throughout the season, that’s what I enjoyed the most about coaching," Gill said.

Gill, who played in the 1996 state tournament with John Marshall, said watching the Lourdes players work through a string of tough losses to win a section championship was his most memorable experience as a coach.

"It was hard for them to get through that stretch," he said. "For them to get to state was such a big deal. I was so happy for all of them. It was the most gratifying thing I was able to be a part of as a coach."

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Lourdes activities director Marv Peters said the search for the Eagles’ next head coach will begin immediately.

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