Bill McKinnon, who coached the Toms River South ice hockey team to a state title two years ago, has stepped down as the Indians’ coach after three seasons, McKinnon announced in an e-mail on Tuesday.
McKinnon took over Toms River South’s ice hockey program from Larry Clayton in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach for seven years under Clayton and Mike Guarino. In his first season, McKinnon guided the Indians to a 25-2-2 record and an improbable run to the NJSIAA Public A championship as the No. 16 seed.
Led by a first line of Jay Malone, Todd Unger and Andrew McGee and goaltender Pat Kerney, the Indians capped their run by defeating defending Public A champion Randolph, 2-1, in the final at the Prudential Center in Newark. It was the first state title in program history.
The Indians also won the Dowd Cup, the team’s first Cup title since 1999, and the Shore Conference B division.
Toms River South followed with a 16-5-1 record in McKinnon’s second season, but fell to 7-12-2 this past season. Overall, McKinnon had a 48-19-5 record.