Two months after hiring Rico Blasi to steer their Division I males’s hockey program, the College of St. Thomas made an equally massive splash on the ladies’s facet on Monday, when they introduced College of Minnesota assistant coach and interim USA girls’s nationwide group coach Joel Johnson as the primary head coach within the faculty’s D-1 historical past.
Johnson has spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach with the College of Minnesota girls’s program, profitable six nationwide titles and making 11 journeys to the Frozen 4. Johnson labored with the protection at Minnesota, in addition to dealing with a lot of the recruiting tasks for Minnesota, serving to land some spectacular recruiting courses.
Along with his collegiate expertise, Johnson has additionally spent a substantial period of time working with USA Hockey, serving to lead the U18s to a number of IIHF gold medals, and most just lately shifting to the senior nationwide group as an assistant coach, earlier than being given the pinnacle teaching job on an interim foundation this summer time after the sudden resignation of head coach Bob Corkum.
Whereas there are by no means any ensures, this looks like as massive of a house run rent as St. Thomas may presumably get. The mix of a superb, well-connected recruiter at a faculty with robust lecturers, in the midst of the biggest focus of feminine hockey expertise on this planet within the Twin Cities metro space definitely looks like it could possibly be a recipe for St. Thomas to be a significant participant in D-I sooner fairly than later.