The Peterborough Petes have announced on Friday (January 5th) that they have relieved Head Coach Jody Hull of his duties. Current Assistant Coach Andrew Verner has been named as the team’s Interim Head Coach.
Jody Hull (at left) and Andrew Verner
After a great start to the season and at one point being ranked in the CHL Top 10, the Petes have been in a tailspin of late, and sit at 16-20-2-1—good for fourth in the East Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference through 38 games this season.
Hull was named Head Coach of the Petes on February 14, 2013, after serving as Interim Head Coach starting on December 20, 2012. Through parts of five seasons, he has compiled a regular season record of 167-147-7-23.
“We’d like to thank Jody for his extensive service with the Peterborough Petes, and wish him the best of luck in his next endeavour,” General Manager Mike Oke says in a press release. “His, and his family’s commitment to our organization and this community should not be downplayed.”
Verner has been an Assistant Coach with the Petes since the start of the 2015-16 season. Prior to that, he was the team’s Goaltending Coach from 2013-14 to 2014-15. The former Petes goalie (1989-92) played 17 years of professional hockey, and has worked as a goaltending consultant for Hockey Canada, the Austrian National Team, and the Peterborough Minor Hockey Council. Verner now lives in Ennismore with his wife and children.