Wausau West hockey coach Pete Susens, the state's all-time winningest coach, is retiring after 36 years.
Susens sent a personal message to a select few that included sports director Dale Ryman. In it he said, "I will be retiring from teaching and coaching at Wausau West at the end of this school year. It has been a good run and it has been a pleasure working with you."
In 36 years as a hockey head coach, all at Wausau West, Susens compiled a record of 573-233-25. The 573 wins is a state record. In 2012, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame.
Susens led the Warriors to the state championship game three consecutive seasons, winning in 2011 and finishing runners-up in 2010 and 2012. The Warriors also finished runner-up in 2000. West has been to Madison the last 5 years, 14 times overall. Each of the last two seasons ended in the state quarterfinals. West also won 12 conference titles under his guidance.
After one season as a non-paid hockey assistant and freshman baseball coach, Susens took over the hockey program for the 1978-79 campaign. Susens would lead them to their first state appearance two years later in 1980-81.
Susens also coaches baseball, and has done so the last couple of years.
We'll hear from coach Susens on NewsChannel 7 at 6:00.
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