Zeig to step down as girls hockey coach

NEW ULM – Angie Zeig, who coached the New Ulm girls’ hockey team to five straight trips to the state tournament, resigned from her position on Monday.

Zeig, who had a 74-61-7 coaching record, said that her resignation was due the time commitment required for the job.

“I was trying to keep a balance between my family, school and hockey,” said Zeig, who is a first-grade teacher. “Right now, family and school need to take my priority. It was a very tough decision to make… I was not able to spend the time that I needed to on all three, and the one that made sense to go was hockey coaching.”

Zeig’s resignation will be formally accepted at a school meeting on Wednesday.

“Coaching hockey is a four-month commitment, and that takes me away from my family,” Zeig said. “I became a first-grade teacher this year and I had a lot more time commitment on that end.”

New Ulm High School Activities Director Chad Eischens not only praised Zeig’s work in leading the Eagles to state five years in a row, but also her accomplishments in helping develop New Ulm’s youth hockey programs.

“One of the things that she and I talked about here over the last year or so is how important the youth programs are,” Eischens said. “Angie was very involved in the youth programs, and I think that’s been a real benefit to girls’ hockey in New Ulm. You go around, and I’ve talked to different ADs and coaches, and they mention New Ulm’s strong youth program. I think that really has helped us separate ourselves from some of the young teams that we play, and Angie has been a big part of that.”

Zeig has built up a tough non-conference schedule for the Eagles, knowing that the team needed a tough schedule to help it get better and get ready to compete in the state tournament.

She did not know who would be taking her coaching position or who may be interested.

Eischens mentioned that the coaching opening will be addressed further after the deadline for teachers to file for early retirement is reached on April 19.