MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – St. Olaf has hired former University of Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves as its new men’s hockey coach, the college announced Friday.
Eaves spent the last 14 seasons as Wisconsin’s head coach. In that time, Eaves took the Badgers to seven NCAA appearances, including a national title in 2006.
“Mike is a proven winner at every level he has coached and embodies everything our department and college stand for,” said St. Olaf Athletic Director Ryan Bowles.
Eaves began his coaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1986. He made two coaching stops in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He was also the head coach of the U.S. National Team from 2000 to 2002.
Eaves played collegiate hockey for the Badgers, and remains their all-time leading scorer with 267 points.
Despite his Wisconsin roots, Eaves also has Minnesota connections. He coached at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and even played for the North Stars. He retired from the NHL in 1986.
St. Olaf went 6-14-5 last season under Sean Goldsworthy. Eaves’ tenure as coach will begin June 13.