Grand Forks Red River boys hockey coach Bill Chase, who was placed on indefinite administrative leave earlier this month, has resigned.
Chase, who has been head coach of the Roughriders for the past 10 seasons, led Red River to three state championships (2011, 2013 and 2016).
“I have been coaching for 35 years and I loved it all,” Chase said. “I have been able to coach and work with some great student-athletes over the years. I’ve worked closely with many parents and they also were fun to get to know and work with. It’s been a great ride but now it’s time to move on and try some new things that I never have had the opportunity to do before.”
Chase had been placed on leave Feb. 12 due to "conduct unbecoming and unfitting of a high school coach, including a history (of) derogatory, demeaning, and intimidating language," according to a formal letter sent from Grand Forks Public School's administration, which was revealed through a Herald open records request.
At the time, Chase's 2016 team was only the second undefeated team in the history of North Dakota boys hockey.
He was named North Dakota Coach of the Year in 2013 and USA Today High School Coach of the Year in 2016.
Chase will remain as a counselor at South Middle School.
The search for a new head coach will begin immediately, according to a release from Grand Forks Public Schools.