Announced in an email from Interim President Ashish Vaidya at 1:15 p.m. to all SCSU students and faculty on Friday, and formally introduced at a press conference at the Husky Den in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at 2:00 p.m. Brett Larson is officially the new coach for the SCSU men’s hockey team.
Most recently, Larson was an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s hockey team – helping them win their second NCAA Division I title just a week ago.
“I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to be here right now,” Larson said. “For me personally, this is a dream come true. Obviously as a person, but as a hockey coach, to be able to step into an elite program – one of the top in the country – one that’s respected not only on the ice but how the kids act off the ice and in the classroom,” he said.
Larson is the third coach at SCSU in the history of the University’s NCAA Division I men’s hockey program and is SCSU’s 17th head coach since the inception of the intercollegiate play program in the 1931-32 school year.
In the search for a new head coach, Athletic Director Heather Weems spoke with a handful of players about their experience to gauge what was needed in a new coach. She also sat with the current assistant coaches to gain their perspectives.
“Brett Larson has proven himself a top recruiter and helped to develop hundreds of players throughout their college careers as they advanced to the next level of play,” Weems said. “He is approachable and authentic, and will be a great addition to the St. Cloud community.”
“My philosophy is that we’re in this fight together and I can’t wait to get in the fight with ya,” Larson said in regards to the team.
“If I’m doing my job right, they’re going to leave here better people too, and that has to be the number one priority.”
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