|Don Mulhern went 101-37 in his last five seasons at UW-Superior.
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Don Mulhern, who won titles in two different conferences with UW-Superior, is leaving the Yellowjackets' program to become the next head coach at St. Catherine. He replaces Sean Pinkerton who left in July to take over Oswego State's program.
- Team pages: St. Catherine | UW-Superior
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- Pinkerton returns to Upstate New York
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Both schools announced the move on Wednesday.
"This is a big loss, not just for the athletics department and the university but for the entire community. There is no way for us to be able to thank Don or repay him for everything that he has done in his time here," said UW-Superior Athletics Director Nick Bursik in that school's release. "At the same time we respect Don's desire to put his family first and accept a position that gets him closer to the most important people in his life. We thank him for all of his contributions to our department and university and wish him well at St. Kate's."
Mulhern came to UW-Superior in 2006-07 and uilt the Yellowjackets into a title contender in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), one of Division III's toughest conference. In the teams' final four seasons in the WIAC, UW-Superior got progressively better. The Yellowjackets reached the conference playoffs in 2012, won a conference playoff game in 2013, reached the WIAC title game in 2014 and then won the conference title in 2015.
The following season UW-Superior moved into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The Yellowjackets are 32-0 in the UMAC the past two seasons and have reached the NCAA tournament twice. Mulhern leaves UW-Superior with a career record of 149-142, making him the program's all-time leader in coaching victories.
Mulhern replaces Sean Pinkerton who left St. Catherine in July to become the head coach at Oswego State. Pinkerton had revived the St. Catherine program from a 1-24 finish the season before he arrived to MIAC playoff participants last season. Just as Pinkerton's move put him closer to his family in Upstate New York, Mulhern's move puts him closer to his family in Minnesota.
"I realize the timing of this is not ideal, and I also realize that there is never an ideal time to leave a place that you love," said Mulhern in the Yellowjackets' release. "I will be their biggest fan, and a part of me will always be with them, rooting them on."
UW-Superior announced that assistant coach Zach Otto-Fisher will be the team's interim head coach. Otto-Fisher was an assistant on Mulhern's staff last season.