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Wranglers part ways with head coach

Mougenel went 158-121-26 during four-year stint in Las Vegas

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Wranglers head coach Ryan Mougenel has strong words for his bench during a second period in which Las Vegas was largely being out-worked by the Utah Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

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The Las Vegas Wranglers have dismissed head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel after four seasons at the helm.

Wranglers owner Gary Jacobs said the team opted not to renew Mougenel’s contract for the 2013-14 season, meaning the Wranglers are officially in the hunt for their third head coach in franchise history.

“It’s time for the next step in his career and our organization,” Jacobs said. “We appreciate everything (Mougenel) did for our franchise.”

Mougenel went 158-121-26 in his four seasons as the Wranglers’ coach and GM.

He was one year removed from taking the Wranglers to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2012, but after a disappointing first-round exit (the team’s third in four years), the team decided to go in a different direction.

“We’re all disappointed that we didn’t get past the first round,” Jacobs said. “These things are always tough.”

Jacobs said there is no timetable on when a replacement would be hired, but added that he would like to make the decision sooner than later.

He added the franchise doesn’t plan on splitting the general manager and coaching duties. “We think at this level, it makes sense to have someone as a GM and a head coach,” Jacobs said. “We’ll find somebody who is looking forward to make a change in Las Vegas with their career. They’ll provide energy, community service and work well with the players.”

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  1. What a terrible decision. Mr. Mougenel had built decent teams under terrible working conditions and meager budgets. I have been a full season ticket holder since Day One. Between this and the constant pressure to pay for renewals many months in advance, I may rethink my renewal for next season.