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Moorhead's Jack Stetz (21) throws his arms up as he and his teammates celebrated the win. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Coaching Changes Entering 2013-14 Season

School 2012-13 Coach 2013-14 Coach Comment Job Listing/More Info
Alexandria Scott Woods Ian Resch Resch served as an assistant coach for the Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL last season. Resch, a Weyburn, Saskatchewan native, played at Bemidji State from 1984-88 and ranks 13th on the Beavers' career scoring leaders list with 159 points in 119 games. Woods guided the Cardinals for six seasons, compiling a 94-66-8 record. Alexandria went 11-14-1 last season, including a 3-2 loss to Little Falls in the Section 6A semifinals. Woods coached at Wadena-Deer Creek before taking over the Cardinals. Story
Apple Valley Jerry Hayes Chris Sikich Sikich, who played at Apple Valley and has served as an assistant coach for 11 years, was named the Eagles' new coach on Monday, April 1. Sikich, who teaches the work experience program at Apple Valley High School, is in his first season as Apple Valley's head softball coach. Hayes retired after 15 seasons leading the Eagles. Apple Valley went 6-21-0 last season and registered one of the biggest upsets in the state playoffs, knocking off No. 2-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA playoffs. The Eagles lost to eventual section champion Eastview 4-0 in the section semifinals. Hayes finished with a 220-164-20 record at Apple Valley and 264-184-25 mark in 18 seasons overall as a head coach. Story
Becker/Big Lake Jon Samuelson Doug Friedrichs Friedrichs previously coached at the Bantam A level in Sauk Rapids. Samuelson guided the Eagles to a 22-70-2 record in four seasons as head coach. Becker/Big Lake went 9-17-0 last season, losing 7-1 to Monticello in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs. -
Buffalo Jason Fairman Aaron Johnson Johnson, a physical education and health teacher at Buffalo High School, guided Orono to an 88-66-7 record in six seasons, including last season's 15-10-1 mark. Fairman compiled a 19-30-3 record in his two seasons guiding the Bison. Last season he led Buffalo to its first Mississippi 8 Conference championship and first winning regular season (12-11-2) since 2008-09. Buffalo lost to Roseau 10-2 in the quarterfinals of last season's Section 8AA playoffs. -
Crookston Jon Bittner Joel Gasper Gasper is a 2002 Crookston graduate who was a three-sport athlete and captain of the hockey team his senior year. He played junior hockey in Billings, Mont., and collegiately for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. He played professionally in the minor leagues before returning to Crookston. He served as a junior varsity coach for the Pirates last season. Bittner, who also served as the head high school coach at Hallock (now Kittson Central) and Warroad before taking over Crookston's program, guided the Pirates to a 14-13-0 record last season. Crookston lost to East Grand Forks 4-1 in the semifinals of the Section 8A playoffs. Story
Grand Rapids Bruce LaRoque John Rothstein Rothstein was a standout player at Grand Rapids in the mid-1970s and went on to star at Minnesota-Duluth. He has spent several seasons coaching in the Grand Rapids youth system and served as an assistant varsity coach last season. LaRoque, a 1982 graduate of Grand Rapids High, coached the Thunderhawks to a 213-135-27 record in his 14 seasons behind the bench. He resigned on Monday, Aug. 5, citing general health and his family as the main reasons. Story
Hibbing Mark DeCenzo Todd Versich Versich is a social studies teacher at Hibbing High Schol who had served as an assistant coach for the Bluejackets. DeCenzo, a former high school star at Grand Rapids, coached for 31 seasons, the last 19 at Hibbing. He also served as the head coach at Apple Valley for 12 seasons. DeCenzo guided Apple Valley to state tournament appearances in 1992 and 1993 and led Hibbing to the state tournament in 1994, 2003, 2004 and 2011. Story
Holy Angels Billy Hengen Trent Palm Palm, an Edina native who played high school hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, most recently served as an assistant coach for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He played college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hengen, Holy Angels' all-time leading career goal scorer with 102, guided the Stars to a 13-12-1 record in his lone season as head coach. Holy Angels lost 7-4 to Bloomington Jefferson in the Section 2AA quarterfinals. Hengen, who played at St. Cloud State University, served as Holy Angels' associate head coach before taking over the program. Hengen reportedly has taken an assistant coaching job at Concordia University. Story
Hopkins Rolf Ulvin Cory Peterson Peterson is a former Bloomington Jefferson star who spent 10 seasons playing in the minor leagues. He has coached in the Bloomington yough hockey system and served as an assistant at Holey Angels and St. Louis Park. Ulvin guided the Royals to a 20-31-1 record in his two seasons as head coach. Hopkins lost to 8-2 to eventual champion Wayzata in the quarterfinals of the Section 6AA playoffs. Story
International Falls Bruce Elson Ross Johnson Johnson, a former standout player for the Broncos and a 2003 graduate, served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. Johnson played collegiately at Wisconsin-River Falls from 2005-2009. Elson's two-year stint as the Broncos' coach ended in late July on a 6-0 school board vote not to renew his coaching contract. Elson, who previously served as the International Falls girls' hockey coach, guided the boys' team to a 28-22-4 record in his two seasons. The Broncos went 12-11-4 last season, including a 4-0 loss to Duluth Denfeld in the semifinals of the Section 7A playoffs. Story
Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter Shawn Carlson Dave Swanberg Swanberg, the athletic director at Le Sueur-Henderson, takes over after serving as an assistant coach. Carlson announced his resignation -- citing a desire to spend more time with his family -- in March after three seasons leading the Bulldogs. He compiled a 45-33-3 record, including a 13-13-1 mark last season. Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter lost to Rochester Lourdes 8-2 in the Section 1 quarterfinals. -
Mankato East Aaron Anderson Adam Fries Fries, a former Mankato East assistant coach, served as the Mankato Area Hockey Association's Bantam A coach for five seasons. The Wisconsin Rapids native played high school hockey in his hometown, is a Minnesota State graduate and works ast Johnson Outdoors in Mankato. Anderson, who resigned in early March, guided the Cougars to a 30-97-2 record in his five seasons as head coach, including a 9-16-1 mark last season. He coached for eight seasons at Waseca before taking over the Mankato East program. Story
Maple Grove Gary Stefano Tom Starkey Starkey, a Maple Grove alumn who played for the Crimson, graduating in 2000, was hired in early April. Starkey, who played at Air Force, was an assistant coach for Wayzata's varsity and junior varsity programs the last two seasons. Stefano, who coached the Crimson for all 17 years of their existence, was informed in mid-February that his contract would not be renewed. Stefano didn't announce his dismissal until the end of the season (a 4-1 Section 5AA semifinal loss to Centennial), marking the end of a tumultuous season. Thirteen varsity players were suspended on Jan. 14 for a December incident that happened off campus. Maple Grove went 15-12-0 last season. Stefano posted a 249-54-26 record leading the Crimson in his 22nd season overall as a head coach. Story
Marshall Dave Coudert Michael Weiss Weiss played high school hockey at Moorhead and collegiately for Concordia-Moorhead. He served as a junior varsity coach at Moorhead high and was a fourth-grade teacher and assistant varsity coach at Marshall last year. Coudert resigned in May after guiding the Tigers to their first state tournament apperance in his lone season as head coach. Marshall went 14-112-1, including losses to Breck and Duluth Marshall at the state Class 1A tournament. Story
Moorhead Pete Cullen Jon Ammerman Ammerman, who played in three state Class 2A tournaments for Moorhead, coached at Windom the past two seasons, guiding the Eagles to a 24-18-1 record. Ammerman played at St. Cloud State, where he earned All-WCHA academic honors before graduating in 2011. Cullen resigned in late June as district officials were reviewing a complaint lodged against the Spuds coach. Cullen reportedly had been questioned by police on several occasions about 911 domestic disturbance calls made by his girlfriend. Cullen had been named the head varsity coach in April after serving last season as Moorhead's interim head coach. The Spuds went 16-12-2 last season and reached the state Class 2A tournament, where they won the consolation title. Story
Moose Lake Trevor Howe Joe McDonnell McDonnell served as an assistant coach under Howe last season and is the Co-Director of Coach and Player Development for the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association. Howe guided the Rebels to an 0-26-0 record in his lone season as head coach. -
Mora Charles Whitbred Jr. Jon Samuelson Samuelson guided the Eagles to a 22-70-2 record in four seasons as head coach. Samuelson grew up playing hockey in Pine City. Whitbred guided the Mustangs for nine seasons, compiling a 93-129-8 record. Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson went 13-12-0 last season, including a 17-1 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 5A quarterfinals. -
Morris/Benson Jim Kennedy Jeremiah Day Day, a Morris High School graduate, was a first-year coach for the Morris/Benson girls' varsity program last season. He guided the Storm to a 4-19-0 record. Day was a longtime coach in the Morris/Benson Youth Hockey Association before taking over the girls' varsity coaching position. Kennedy led the Storm to a 17-10-0 record last season, including a 5-1 loss to Little Falls in the Section 6A quarterfinals. He guided the Storm for seven seasons.
North Branch Mike Deschneau Matt Cottingham Cottingham worked previously as an assistant coach at Chisago Lakes. Deschneau compiled a 7-44-1 record in his two seasons as head coach. The Vikings went 3-23-0 last season, including a 7-6 loss to Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson in the first round of the Section 5A playoffs. -
Orono Aaron Johnson Kasey Yoder Yoder, an assistant coach at Hamilne University last season, is a Duluth Marshall graduate who played at Hamline as a defenseman. Johnson guided the Spartans to an 88-66-7 record in six seasons, including last season's 15-10-1 mark. Providence Academy beat Orono 5-4 in the quarterfinals of the Section 2A quarterfinals. Story
Pine City Pat Christopherson Grant Nicoll Nicoll, who teaches in Pine City, coached previously at WSFLG, a northwestern Wisconsin co-operative of Webster, Siren, Fredric, Luck and Grantsburg. WSFLG went 16-19-1 last season, losing 6-2 to Hudson in the second round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. WSFLG is the lone Wisconsin team in the Two Rivers Conference and finished second in the league last season after winning the title with a 14-0-0 record in 2011-12. Christopherson guided the Dragons to a 6-18-0 record in his lone season as head coach. Pine City lost 7-2 to Proctor in the first round of the Section 5A playoffs. Christopherson previously coached two seasons at Worthington before taking over at Pine City. -
Providence Academy Hal Tearse Scott Brokaw Brokaw served as an assistant coach at Providence Academy last season. He is also the owner and Coach in Chief of Competitive Edge Hockey. Tearse guided the Lions to a 132-112-0 record in 10 seasons as head coach, including a 14-11-0 record last season. Providence Academy lost 11-1 to Breck in the Section 2A semifinals. -
Red Wing Mike Belisle Bob Rajanen A longtime assistant coach for the Wingers, Rajanen was named the program's interim head coach in early June. Belisle was fired in early May after leading the Wingers to a 28-51-3 record in three seasons. Red Wing went 5-20-2 last season, including a 6-3 loss to Mankato West in the quarterfinals of the Section 1A quarterfinals. Story
Redwood Valley Randy Hanson Dan Paur Paur, who attended St. John's, previously served as a Cardinals assistant coach. He runs Destiny Lacrosse, a company that offers lacrosse clinics, camps and motivational lectures. Hanson guided the Cardinals to a 3-14-0 record in his lone season as head coach. -
Rogers Tim Marchand Justin Strunk Strunk was a Maple Grove assistant coch last season. Marchand resigned after 10 seasons. He posted a 147-106-16 record, including a 12-13-2 mark last season that included a 9-0 loss to Hermantown in the Section 5A semifinals. -
Roseville Pete Aus Ryan Adams Adams was the Raiders' junior varsity coach last season. He served as an assistant coach at Legacy Christian two years ago. Adam was a three-sport athlete at Litchfield and played collegiately at Bethel University, where he led the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in scoring as a sophomore. Aus guided the Raiders to a 12-13-2 record in his lone season as head coach. Aus, 71, has served as the head coach at Bethel University and, more recently, was the head coach of the Mounds View girls' hockey team. The Raiders went 12-3-2 last season, including a 3-2 loss to White Bear Lake in the Section 4AA semifinals. Aus was not allowed to coach the Raiders against the Bears because of a MSHSL rules violation. -
Sauk Rapids Brian Nyholm John Kothenbeutel Kothenbeutel, who played high school hockey at Rochester John Marshall before graduating in 1983, has spent 15 seasons coaching boys' and girls' teams in the Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey Association. He is the Storm's fifth head coach in as many seasons. Nyholm guided the Storm to a 9-16-1 record in his lone season as head coach. The Storm lost to Princeton 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Section 5A playoffs. Story
St. Louis Park Shjon Podein Terry Keseley Keseley, who has coached in the St. Louis Park Hockey Association for 15 years, is from Silver Bay and played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the late 1970s. The Orioles went 22-27-4 in Podein's two seasons as head coach. A Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, Podein led St. Louis Park to an 18-6-3 record in his first season. St. Louis Park went 4-21-1 last season. Story
Stillwater Phil Housley Matt Doman Doman, who served as an assistant under Housley for the past two seasons, played collegiately at Wisconsin. He also played professionally in the AHL and ECHL. Housley, who went straight from South St. Paul High School to the NHL as a player, decided to make a similar jump as a coach by accepting an assistant position with the Nashville Predators. He went 109-109-21 in nine seasons leading the Ponies. Story
Waseca Jim Ferch Chris Storey Storey, 35, served as an assistant coach at Faribault for the last four years. He is a 1995 Warroad graduate, helping the Warriors finish third at the state Class 1A tournament his senior year. Storey played one season at the University of St. Thomas. Ferch, who announced his resignation in early April, guided the Bluejays to a 16-32-2 record in his two seasons as head coach. Waseca lost 8-2 to Faribault in the first round of the Section 1A playoffs. Story
Windom Jon Ammerman Tim Mellstrom Mellstrom, formerly a social studies teacher at International Falls High School, started the Broncos' girls' varsity program, guiding it to a 46-102-5 record in seven seasons. Ammerman, who guided the Eagles to a 24-18-1 record in two seasons as head coach, resigned to take a social studies teaching position in his hometown of Moorhead. Ammerman also will serve as an assistant hockey coach. Story