St Cloud State Makes UMD Assistant Brett Larson Third Head Coach in Program History

St Cloud State hockey coach Brett Larson Photo: St Cloud State Athletics
St Cloud State hockey coach Brett Larson

April 13, 2018 03:06 PM

After helping Minnesota-Duluth win two NCAA men's hockey championships in eight years, Brett Larson is the third head coach at St Cloud State's hockey program in their existence in Division I.

Larson fills the vacancy left by Bob Motzko's departure for the University of Minnesota. 

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"I want to thank the St. Cloud State administration and hiring committee for this great opportunity," Larson said through a release issued by St Cloud State athletics.  "I also want to thank Coach Bob Motzko and his staff here at St. Cloud State. Because of their hard work and dedication this is one of the best coaching opportunities in college hockey.

"I am honored to be taking over a program that is already filled with great student athletes who are respected on the ice, in the community and in the classroom.  I am thrilled to become the next head coach at such a well-regarded institution and with one of the top programs in college hockey."

Larson was an assistant under Minnesota-Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin for two different stints - both ending with National Championships. Larson's initial run at UMD was from 2008-2011.  He departed to become head coach of Sioux City in the USHL junior league, then moved to an associate coach position at Ohio State.  He returned to UMD in 2015 for another three year run, and another NCAA title this past season.

Larson was a defenseman at UMD from 1991 to 1995. He is a graduate of Duluth's Denfeld High School.

"Brett is a tremendously talented coach and has played a significant role in the success of the University of Minnesota Duluth's men's hockey program," said St. Cloud State Athletic Director Heather Weems via a university press release.

"As an assistant coach during both of UMD's National Championships, and with a stop at Ohio State University during their program's elevation, Coach Larson has proven himself a top recruiter and helped to develop multiple players during their collegiate careers and as they advance to the next level of play.

"Throughout our search, Brett's name continually came up as a must-contact and he is well-respected across the hockey community. I am excited to welcome Brett and his family to St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud community and look forward to his leadership as we continue the strong Huskies hockey tradition established by our impressive honor roll of coaches and alumni and seek our first national title.

Larson succeeds Motzko - who had a 13-year run as the Huskies head coach - and Craig Dahl coached the Huskies for 18 years, including their first 15 seasons in Division I.

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