Bakersfield Condors officially part with head coach

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday made an official announcement that Coach Matt O'Dette will not return next season.

The Condors actually sent a news release of O'Dette's firing on Saturday, which was also the team's season finale, a 5-1 loss at home against the San Francisco Bulls. The team held a media event Tuesday at Rabobank Arena so all parties could answer questions about the coaching change.

The Condors amassed a record of 46-85-6-7 (.358) under O'Dette, who took over for Marty Raymond. O'Dette played 17 seasons of minor league hockey before becoming an assistant coach for the Stockton Thunder, his job immediately preceding the head coaching gig in Bakersfield.

"We are in a results-based business, and this is a decision that is purely an issue of wins and losses," said Condors President Matthew Riley in the weekend news release. "This is in no way a judgment of the work and dedication that Coach O'Dette has shown to this organization for the past two seasons. I personally have a great deal of respect for 'Odie,' and have no doubt that he will find success beyond his time with the Condors."

Team officials are in the process of finding a replacement head coach.