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Boys hockey: Revels resigns after six seasons

Keith Revels resigned from his position as head coach of the Farmington boys hockey team in a letter to athletic director Bill Tschida on Monday.

Revels, a Farmington graduate, has coached the team for the last six years. The Tigers played to a 77-78-6 record during his tenure, including a record-setting 23-4-1 mark this winter when they won the program’s first Missota Conference championship since the 1970s.

“There’s not much of a story. It was just my time to go,” Revels said. “We had a good season and I’m leaving a strong group of returners for the next coach to inherit... The timing was good for me and the program.”

It’s the second time Revels has stepped down from a Farmington hockey team after a very successful season. He coached the Tiger girls for 12 seasons, his final one in 2006-07 when the team went 23-6-1 and finished second in the Class A state tournament.  The team returned to state the next year, with Jon Holmes at the helm, and finished fourth in its first season in Class 2A.

The boys will go through a transition of their own in their first season without Revels as they move into the South Suburban Conference next winter.

The coach that will guide the Tigers through the conference change will be determined in the coming weeks. Tschida plans to collect applications for the open position for another week and will begin interviewing candidates later this month.

“I think Keith was one of the most professional coaches I’ve worked with as an athletic director. He’s incredibly organized and thorough. Both his team and his coaching staff showed tremendous character,” Tschida said. “They showed a lot coming back after a tough year and winning the conference and going to the section final. They all did a really great job representing Farmington High School this year.”

Revels will continue to serve as the middle school cross country coach.