SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana University Men’s Hockey Program has its first-ever head coach. Garrett Raboin, assistant coach for the University of Minnesota of the Big Ten Conference, has been chosen to be the inaugural head coach of the Viking Hockey program — set to take the ice within the 2023-24 educational 12 months.
“This is a great day for Augustana University and an incredibly important step in the launch of Viking Hockey,” stated Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. “Garrett Raboin brings a passion for the game and genuine enthusiasm for the broader vision that will be energizing for all of us as we build toward our first year of competition in 2023. We are thrilled to welcome Garrett, Emily and their children to Augustana and the Sioux Falls community.”
“We started this process looking for someone who can build a nationally competitive men’s hockey program that competes at Division I and we sure found him,” Augustana Director of Athletics Josh Morton stated. “Garrett is a proven winner, excellent recruiter and will help us build community excitement for Augustana hockey. He is a great addition and will add to the excellence of Augustana athletics.”
Raboin will likely be launched at a press convention Tuesday, April 19, at 2 p.m., contained in the University Welcome Center (2100 S. Summit Ave.) on Augustana’s campus. The press convention is open to the general public and will likely be live-streamed on the Augustana Athletics YouTube web page. Raboin and Morton will likely be accessible for remark at the moment.
Raboin simply accomplished his fourth season (at Minnesota underneath head coach Bob Motzko) with a visit to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four. The Gophers claimed the 2022 Big Ten common season Championship and earned a No. 2 seed within the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship.
The 2021-22 season noticed Raboin tutor Ben Meyers who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given yearly to the nation’s finest hockey participant. Meyers was additionally named the Big Ten Player of the Year. In addition, Colin Schmidt was named the NCAA Elite 90 award recipient for being the highest student-athlete on the NCAA Championship.
In 2020-21, Minnesota led all of NCAA Division I with 24 wins and earned its first No. 1 nationwide rating in six years. The Gophers additionally claimed their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2014.
In his 4 years at Minnesota, Raboin mentored 5 AHCA All-America recipients whereas reaching the NCAA Postseason twice (with a third-year worn out by COVID-19).
In the classroom, the Gopher Hockey Team posted its highest cumulative GPA in program historical past underneath the watchful eye of Raboin, whereas there have been a program-record 19 Academic All-Big Ten choices in 2020-21.
Prior to becoming a member of head coach Bob Motzko at Minnesota, Raboin was assistant coach at St. Cloud State University.
In his six years with the Huskies, Raboin helped St. Cloud State to 5 NCAA event berths, together with a Frozen Four look in 2013. The program additionally claimed three regular-season convention championships, together with the 2017 NCHC Penrose Cup.
At SCSU, Raboin coached six All-Americans, together with the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LaBlanc.
In addition to his collegiate teaching expertise, Raboin has served on USA Hockey teaching staffs for a variety of improvement camps.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen as the first leader of Augustana Men’s Hockey,” Raboin stated. This is the precise time, on the proper college, with the precise management, to convey Division I College Hockey to South Dakota!
“My family and I are excited to become a part of the Sioux Falls community, we can’t wait!”
Raboin is a 2010 graduate of St. Cloud State the place he capped his faculty profession as a Lowes Senior Class All-American. He was a three-year captain for SCSU and led the workforce to a few NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a two-time All-WCHA choice. He concluded his profession ranked fourth all-time at St. Cloud State in defensive scoring with 83 factors (21 targets, 62 assists).
He earned his bachelor’s diploma in particular training and was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree.
Prior to his time at St. Cloud State, the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, native skated with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, then performed professionally in Europe for 2 seasons earlier than becoming a member of Motzko’s workers at St. Cloud State.
Garrett and his spouse, Emily, have three children, Louie (9), Malin (7) and Lotta (3).
Submissions are actually being accepted for the Augustana Hockey Season Ticket Interest List. Fans all for season tickets are inspired to submit their contact info and desired variety of tickets within the kind supplied at goaugie.com/HockeyTickets.
What Others Are Saying About Garrett Raboin
“Garrett Raboin is likely one of the true rising stars within the hockey world, and Augustana made a terrific alternative in deciding on him as the primary head coach of the Vikings hockey program. I’ve recognized Garrett for shut to twenty years, and I’ve an immense quantity of delight and respect for the coach and individual he has turn out to be. He has constructed a outstanding path as a pacesetter, instructor and recruiter at St. Cloud State and now at Minnesota, and it’s actually particular to see his dedication and onerous work culminate now together with his first head teaching place at Augustana.
“As a player and a coach, Garrett has earned the respect of everyone he has worked with in the hockey world, and he has given that same respect right back. He is a man of the strongest values, and I can’t think of anyone better suited to lead Augustana’s hockey program on and off the ice.” Bob Motzko, University of Minnesota Head Coach, Two Time Big Ten Coach of the Year
“First off, I’d prefer to congratulate Rabs on the rent. I can’t consider anybody higher and extra certified to take the place. He has all of the instruments to be a superb head coach. I spent two years with him as a participant at St. Cloud State when he was my assistant coach. That workers did an incredible job for our workforce.
“Rabs was the guy everyone felt comfortable around. You could go to him about personal things, non-hockey related, knowing that he has your back through it all. I think as a coach, he did amazing things for me, but off the ice was just as important. I think that’s what separates good and great coaches. In my opinion, Garrett has an opportunity to be a great coach. Augustana is lucky to have a guy like him!” Ryan Poehling, Three-Year NHL Veteran with the Montreal Canadiens, All-NCHC at St. Cloud State “Coach Raboin is one of the hardest working and passionate coaches I have ever played for. His commitment to success is inspirational to all players that he coaches.” Ben Meyers, 2022 Hobey Baker Award Finalist on the University of Minnesota, Rookie for the Colorado Avalanche.