COLONIE Jeff Fraser couldn’t stop the coaching carousel at Christian Brothers Academy.
The Colonie-based private school informed Fraser that he would not be coming back to coach its hockey team next season. That means that CBA will be on its sixth hockey coach in as many seasons when the 2012-13 campaign begins in November.
The news came as a surprise to Fraser, who guided the Brothers to the Section II Division I semifinals where they lost to Saratoga Springs 3-2 in overtime.
“I go into my post-season meeting with (CBA athletic director Dave) Doemel, and I’m expecting that we’re going to talk about player evaluations and our plans for next season,” said Fraser. “Instead, I was told – and I’m going say this verbatim – that, ‘We’re going in a different direction, and my services were no longer needed.’”
The news also came as a surprise to Shaker/Colonie hockey coach Steve Hudak, who got to know Fraser as their two teams shared use of the Albany County Hockey Facility for practices and home games.
“I think it’s disappointing that another (CBA) coach is gone,” said Hudak. “I’m curious as to why they’ve made that decision so many times.”
Fraser declined to get into specifics about what may have led to his dismissal, saying that he wanted to take “the high road.” Both Doemel and CBA principal James Schlegl didn’t return calls.
“There is no ill will, and I wish CBA nothing but the best,” said Fraser.
CBA got off to a slow start under Fraser, but the Brothers hit their stride in January as they moved as high as third place in the Capital District High School Hockey League standings. They fell back to fifth place following losses to Bethlehem and Shenendehowa, but they bounced back in Sectionals by defeating the Eagles 4-2 in the quarterfinals.