Former St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey Coach Bob Motzko announced his resignation from the university three days after the Huskies were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round against Air Force. A search committee that included Athletic Director Heather Weems and university President Ashish Vaidya immediately formed to find his replacement.
“Heather and I talked very quickly about what we needed to see in the next coach” said Vaidya.
“Clearly what we wanted was someone that preserves the integrity of the program. We have such a great program, such a high level and standard, and that every year we compete for the national championship and that’s exactly what it’s all about” he added.
They committee found exactly what they were looking for in Brett Larson, who was recently with the national champion, Minnesota-Duluth as an assistant.
A welcoming ceremony was held in Atwood earlier today for Larson, and he took the podium to address the crowd.
“I can tell that this is one big family” said Larson.
“From the faculty, to the students, to the team you guys are all in it together and I know that as a coach my number one priority is going to be that the players respect that” he added.
Fans may be wondering what this change in coaching means for the team in the coming season, and Weems made sure to address what Larson will bring to St. Cloud.
“Fans can expect us to continue our fast paced and skilled style of play” said Weems.
“As our flagship program we want our teams to be a community uniter. We want you to join us on the south side of campus” she added.
Larson also addressed his enthusiasm, as he switches from the maroon and gold sweater, to the cardinal and black threads.
“This opportunity for me, it’s a dream come true” said Larson.
“I keep telling people that I’ve been pinching myself the last couple days. There’s not many coaching opportunities where you can walk into a program, and you go through the stats from last season that was one of the top in the country all year, that continually competes with the top in the country” he said.
The last few weeks have been hectic for those involved in finding Motzko’s replacement, but there was a sense of humor to be had throughout the madness.
“Of course we wanted to make sure that the person had the same hairstyle as Coach Bob Motzko” said Vaidya on the hiring process.
Larson also joined in on the fun when he took the podium, and responded to Vaidya’s remark.
“You guys have set a great standard here, and I know you love Coach Motzko and that I have the same hairdo, but I will not wear a sweater vest. It’s not happening. They tried to give me one the other day, and no way.”
Larson is the third Head Coach for the Huskies since the start of the division one era.