FARGO — Former Fargo Davies boys hockey coach Scott Petersen is moving forward after resigning as the head coach of the Eagles on Wednesday with one game remaining in the regular season. Davies was 13-7 this season and a contender to make the state championship game in North Dakota.
"I really don't have much comment on that," Petersen said Friday. "The key thing is I need to focus on my family and the classroom right now. That's the best choice for my health and my family."
Petersen, who will continue teaching math at Davies High School, resigned Wednesday morning. Davies announced former Fargo South boys hockey coach Dean Wilson as its head coach Wednesday night. Wilson is currently an assistant principal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo. He was the boys hockey coach at South from 1990-07, leading the Bruins to 12 state hockey tournaments and three state titles in 1994, 1999 and 2006.
Petersen's resignation letter to Davies athletic director Lenny Ohlhauser read:
"I, Scott Petersen, officially resign from my position as head boys hockey coach for Fargo Davies effective February 6, 2019. I would like to thank you and (Fargo Davies principal Troy Cody) for your support, trust, and everything over the past 2 1/2 years."
The Forum gained access to Petersen's personnel file through an open records request. There were no complaints in his file. Petersen's coaching evaluations from the previous two years were positive.
Petersen was in his third season as the head coach of Davies. The Eagles went 18-9 and finished fifth at state in Petersen's first season.
"Coach Petersen understands that it is a process and with him being our second coach of the program, it will take some time," Ohlhauser wrote in Petersen's evaluation after his first season. "I feel he has implemented various strategies on and off the ice that will help the program toward his goals."
The Eagles went 20-5-2 and finished fourth at state last season. Ohlhauser wrote Petersen had built a "solid program" in his coaching evaluation.
"Our team continues to show great improvement under the current staff's leadership," Ohlhauser wrote in Petersen's coaching evaluation after his second season. "It appears the players have bought into the program and are competitive each year. We continue to look ahead and see the program moving in the right direction."