After four years with former coach Michelle Blaeser at the helm, SCSU welcomes new head volleyball coach, Chad Braegelmann. Hailing from the St. Cloud area and an alumnus of Rocori High School in nearby Cold Spring, Braegelmann got his start in coaching when he attended University of Minnesota-Morris.
Braegelmann worked two years as a student assistant coach for the volleyball program, and then one year as a graduate assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
He was hired as the head volleyball coach at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., where he coached for seven years. After that, he went back to his alma mater, University of Minnesota-Morris and was the head coach for the Cougars’ volleyball program for seven years, before he was hired at St. Cloud State University this summer.
When asked what he thinks the greatest strength of the players in his new program is, he said, “I’ve been very pleased with the effort they put in. They’re doing a very good job of fighting and battling through adversity. Their pride and ability to get better and work hard has been their greatest strength so far.”
Braegelmann has some goals for the team. He wants every player to have a positive experience and get better throughout the season. Like most teams would say, he wants to win matches, but believes that “the control you have over winning and losing a match is very negligible, especially once the match starts.”
When talking about goals for the season, Braegelmann believes one of his senior players said it best when she said, “I want to be done with this season and mad that it’s done, not happy or relieved that it’s over.”
SCSU is competing again in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), which Braegelmann considers to be a tough and very competitive conference.
“From a wins and losses standpoint, my long-term goal for the team is to make the conference tournament,” he said.
Braegelmann also hopes that as the season progresses the team can get on stable ground and continue to have a positive experience, which will result in more wins. Then the team will work on improving each player individually and doing a better and more consistent job with recruiting.
When asked what he is looking forward to the most this season, Braegelmann said, “Getting out there and playing in front of our home fans and showing improvement. This group is hungry, and I’m hoping we can surprise people and make some waves this season.”
The Huskies hope to improve their 7-21 record from last season. Their first home game is on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. against visiting Bemidji State University.