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Jeff Thornton cites family considerations in leaving Sun Prairie co-op girls hockey program

By Jon Masson, Wisconsin State Journal, 06/10/20, 10:00PM CDT


Family health concerns a major factor

Jeff Thornton’s thoughts kept coming back to his family when he considered stepping down after five years as the Sun Prairie co-op girls hockey team’s coach.

Juggling family health concerns with work and team commitments made time a precious commodity for Thornton, who decided the time was right to step away as coach.

Sun Prairie athletic director Eric Nee announced that decision Wednesday, saying: “The athletic directors from Madison East, Madison La Follette, DeForest, Waunakee and Sun Prairie want to thank Jeff for his commitment to the athletes, families and communities that are involved in the co-op.

“Jeff took our girls hockey program to new heights in his five years as head coach.”