January 16, 2011 – Steve Durrigan, the all-time leader in coaching wins at UT (104), will be stepping down from the head coaching position at the end of the season. The team has already declared February 5, 2011 as Durrigan Day in honor of the coach when they face off against Eastern Kentucky.
Durrigan came to Tennessee in the 2005-2006 season. In his first season, he coached the team to an 18-6-0 record and a top 5 ranking at season’s end. It was the best first season for a head coach in Tennessee history.
In the next three seasons, Durrigan coached Tennessee to national recognition as the Ice Vols qualified for the national tournament all three seasons.
In the 2006-2007 season the Ice Vols went 26-4-2 under Durrigan. Tennessee won the South Region and was a top-seed at the national tournament. The 26 wins is also a coaching record for the most wins in a single season.
In the three national tournament appearances, Tennessee has finished 8th, 11th, and 13th under Durrigan.
Tennessee followed that year up with a 20-8-1 season and a 24-8-1 season in 2008-2009. In the 2008-2009 season, Durrigan also coached Tennessee to the inaugural SECHC Tournament Championship.
The Ice Vols, present and past, will honor Durrigan on February 5, 2011 against longtime rival Eastern Kentucky.
The Ice Vols have not named a replacement for Durrigan at this time.