After five seasons at the helm of the University of Alaska Anchorage hockey program, UAA has fired head coach Matt Thomas.

He compiled a 48-105-21 mark, 39-92-27 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) play. Thomas' first season, 2013-14, was his most successful guiding the Seawolves to a Final Five appearance in the WCHA. 

But it's been tough sledding since. This year proved to be the most challenging as the Seawolves posted at 4-26-4 record.

In a statement on the school's website, UAA interim director of athletics Tim McDiffett said:

"We want to thank Matt for his contributions to Seawolf hockey, UAA and the Anchorage community, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Thomas had come to Anchorage after a successful stint as the head coach/GM of the ECHL's Fresno Falcons but was unable to replicate those winning ways. That organization folded in December of 2008. 

The search for Thomas' replacement is national and begins immediately.  

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