St. Scholastica men's hockey coach Tim Madsen announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities, the school said in a news release Friday.

Madsen was hired as the program's 10th head coach in May 2018. The native of Elk River, Minnesota, guided the Saints to a 20-30-2 record and made the NCHA Harris Cup playoffs this past season.

A national search process will begin immediately to fill Madsen's position, the Saints said.

“It is time for me, both professionally and personally, to move on to my next challenge in hockey,” Madsen said in a release. “It is with a heavy heart that I am stepping down as head coach. The strides we have taken as a program in the past two years are something we should all be proud of. Our culture — and how our program was viewed from the outside — have made great strides."

Madsen came to CSS after spending two years as head coach and director of hockey operations of the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League. In his two seasons with the Cloquet-based NAHL squad, Madsen guided the Wilderness to two Robertson Cup playoff appearances.

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Tim for his commitment, efforts and service to the hockey program and to the College of St. Scholastica," athletic director Franco Bari said in a statement. "I was quite pleased with his commitment and drive to take the program to new heights. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Saints hockey is in a very good place and certainly primed for future success."