Sertich joins CSS coaching staff

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM CDT

Former University of Minnesota-Duluth head hockey coach Mike Sertich will join head coach Mark Wicks St. Scholastica coaching staff as an assistant starting in the 2010-2011 season.

Born in Virginia, Minn., Sertich coached 21 seasons in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) including 18 at UMD. He racked up 350 career wins with the Bulldogs from 1982 to 2000 before spending the next three years at Michigan Tech, where he added 25 additional WCHA victories to his resume.

Sertich led the Bulldogs to three WCHA Regular Season championships and two WCHA tournament titles, as well as four NCAA tournament appearances. He finished his head coaching career in 2003 with a 375-397-53 record.

Sertich is just one of two, four-time winners of the WCHA Coach of the Year Award, and the only individual to attain that honor three seasons in a row (1983-85) before earning another in 1993. He was also named NCAA Division-I Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association in 1984.

Before coaching the Bulldogs, Sertich spent three years on the ice as a player for UMD from 1966-69. He then spent eight seasons as an assistant coach before taking over the program in 1983. Academically, Sertich has undergraduate degrees in history and physical education, as well as a Masters Degree, from UMD.

The Bulldogs inducted Sertich into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and he is just one of 94 men and women who have earned that distinction.

For the Saints, Sertich will work with the offensive and the power play.

Courtesy: CSS Athletics