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Tom Serratore

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Now in his 16th season heading the Bemidji State men’s hockey program, Serratore and the Beavers are coming off a successful season since 2009-10. In 2015-16 the Beavers earned a spot in the North Star College Cup championship game for the second consecutive year and made thier sixth consecutive WCHA postsason appearaince, finishing sixth in the WCHA standings with a record of 17-16-6 and 11-12-5 in league play.

After taking over the program in 2001-02, Serratore has compiled a 244-240-67 record in 16 seasons at Bemidji State.

The legacy Serratore was asked to continue when named the seventh head coach at Bemidji State in 2001 was one of the finest in all of college athletics. Serratore was hand-selected to succeed future Hockey Hall of Fame member R.H. “Bob” Peters, who won 702 games and 13 national championships at Bemidji State while carving out one of the true dynasties in the history of athletics at any level.

BSU has continued to build success during each year of the Serratore era improving from 12 victories during his inaugural 2001-02 season to 14-14-8, then to 20- 13-3 in 2003-04 to 23-13-1 in 2005-06 and ultimately to 20-15-1 in 2009 en route to the school’s first appearance in the Frozen Four.

Bemidji State’s 2008-09 season was one not even a Caldecott Medalwinning author would have dreamed of penning. After beginning the season with one win in the first seven games, the Beavers finished the season with a 20-16-1, 12-5-1 (CHA) record with CHA Regular Season and Tournament titles, earning a spot in the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament.

The postseason storybook began in Grand Rapids, Mich. where BSU, the unranked 16th seed, was pitted against Notre Dame--the No. 2 team in the land. It would take BSU just 1:42 to find the scoreboard and the team would build a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. With 40 minutes gone, BSU led 3-0, then 4-0 in the opening minute of the third. A stunned Fighting Irish team and college hockey world was begining to take notice. BSU won the game 5-1.

After their first NCAA Division I Tournament win, the Beavers continued to ride a wave of momentum into the Midwest Regional Championship game versus No. 9 Cornell. The Big Red scored first, but BSU would answer with four consecutive goals to secure its second straight win over a top 10 team and a most unlikely spot in the 2009 Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.

The Beavers’ once-in-a-lifetime ride would come to an end at the hand of Miami (Ohio) in the national semifinal, but not before the Beavers, the first 16th-seed to ever win its way into the Frozen Four, turned the hockey world on its ear, putting Bemidji State University and Bemidji, Minn. on the map in the process.

BSU had six players garner recognition in the CHA’s season-ending awards. Matt Read and Brad Hunt were selected First-team All-CHA, while Tyler Scofield and Matt Dalton pulled down second-team laurels. In addition, Hunt was picked as the league’s Rookie of the Year and both he and Ben Kinne earned spots on the CHA All-Rookie Team.

In 2010-11, Serratore led the Beavers to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Five Semifinals in their inaugural season as members of the league. After finishing the regular season with an 8-15-5-conference record, Bemidji State opened the WCHA playoffs as the No. 10 seed and faced fellow league newcomer University of Nebraska Omaha, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, at the Quest Center in Omaha for a best-of-three-series. The Beavers took the series in two games with 4-2 and 3-2 victories to earn a spot in the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Making their first Final Five appearance, the Beavers, the No. 6 seed, opened play against Minnesota Duluth, the tournament’s No. 3 seed. Shea Walter’s power-play overtime goal propelled BSU to a 3-2 victory and a spot in the semifinal game. In the semifinals, The University of Denver abruptly ended the Beavers season after scoring four unanswered goals in the third period to down the Beavers 6-2 in the first semifinal game of the 2011 WCHA Final Five.

Prior to BSU
Serratore came to the Beaver hockey program after spending five years as the recruiting coordinator for Western Collegiate Hockey Association member St. Cloud State University. He helped the Huskies to a 96-84-15 record, including three 20-win seasons and four WCHA Final Five berths during his tenure. Serratore recruited several National Hockey League draft selections while at St. Cloud State, including Matt Cullen, Mark Parrish and Josh DeWolf. He also was an assistant coach for the 1998 WCHA All-Star Team, which participated in the Kolin Cup in Zug, Switzerland. Serratore began his coaching career as an assistant at Brainerd (Minn.) High School (1987-’91). He took his first head job at Henry Sibley High School (1991-’93), leading Henry Sibley to a Class A third place finish at the state tournament.

Playing Career
Serratore knows first-hand the tradition of BSU men’s hockey, having played two years under Peters in the mid-1980s. He was a two-year letter winner playing forward for BSU from 1985-’87 and played in two NCAA Division III Tournaments. Serratore was a member of BSU’s 1986 NCAA Division III national championship team and captained the 1986-’87 team. He averaged 1.03 points per game in his BSU career (1986--20-23=43 points, 1987--12-27=39 points) and led the 1986-87 team with four game-winning goals. Serratore began his playing career at Mankato State, scoring 31-28-59 points in two seasons for the Mavericks before transferring to BSU. For his collegiate career, Serratore scored 63-78=141 points.


Serratore’s Coaching Career:

Career BSU Record: 244-240-67 in 15 seasons (through 2015-16 season).

Hometown: Coleraine, Minn.

Alma Mater: Bemidji State, ‘87


  • Brainerd High School: Asst. Coach, 1986-87
  • Henry Sibley High School: Head Coach, 1992-93
  • St. Cloud State: Asst. Coach, 1993-99
  • Bemidji State: Asst. Coach: 1999-01
  • Bemidji State: Head Coach: 01-present

Coaching Highlights

  • Five CHA Regular-Season Championships
  • Three CHA Tournament Titles
  • Four NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • One NCAA Frozen Four Appearance
  • Five-time CHA Coach of the Year

All-Americans Under Serratore

  • Matt Read - Second Team AHCA All-American (2009-10)
  • Andrew Murray - (2004-05)

Serratore year-by-year at Bemidji State:


  • Record: 17-16-6 (11-12-5 WCHA)
  • North Star College Cup Runner up


  • Record: 16-17-5 (12-11-5 WCHA)
  • North Star College Cup Champions
  • First ever WCHA home playoff seed
  • WCHA Rookie of the Year: Michael Bitzer


  • Record: 10-21-7 (10-14-3 WCHA)


  • Record: 6-22-8 (5-16-7 WCHA)


  • Record: 17-18-3 (11-14-3 WCHA)
  • 12 WCHA Scholar Athletes, No. 1 in WCHA


  • Record: 15-18-5 (8-15-5 WCHA)
  • First year in the WCHA
  • WCHA Final Five appearance


  • Record: 23-10-4 (14-3-1 CHA)
  • Spencer Penrose Award Finalist
  • CHA Coach of the Year
  • NCAA Tournament Appearance
  • CHA Regular-Season Champion
  • CHA Player of the Year: Matt Read
  • CHA Rookie of the Year: Jordan George
  • First-Team All-CHA: Dan Bakala, Brad Hunt, Matt Read


  • Record: 20-16-1 (12-5-1 CHA)
  • Spencer Penrose award finalist
  • CHA Coach of the Year
  • NCAA Coach of the Year Runner-Up
  • NCAA Frozen Four
  • CHA Regular-Season Champion
  • CHA Tournament Champion
  • CHA Rookie of the Year: Brad Hunt
  • First-Team All-CHA: Brad Hunt, Matt Read


  • Record: 17-16-3 (13-4-3 CHA)
  • Spencer Penrose Award finalist
  • CHA Coach of the Year
  • CHA Regular-Season Champion
  • CHA Rookie of the Year: Matt Read
  • First-Team All-CHA: Cody Bostock


  • Record: 14-14-5 (9-6-5 CHA)
  • First-Team All-CHA: Travis Winter


  • Record: 20-14-3 (12-7-1 CHA)
  • NCAA Tournament appearance
  • CHA Tournament Champion
  • First-Team All-CHA: Matt Climie, Luke Erickson, Andrew Martens


  • Record: 23-13-1 (16-4-0 CHA)
  • Spencer Penrose Award finalist
  • CHA Coach of the Year
  • NCAA Tournament appearance
  • CHA Regular-Season Champion
  • CHA Tournament Champion
  • CHA Player of the Year: Andrew Murray
  • First-Team All-CHA: Peter Jonsson, Andrew Murray


  • Record: 20-13-3 (16-3-1 CHA)
  • Spencer Penrose Award finalist
  • CHA Coach of the Year
  • CHA Regular-Season Champion
  • CHA Rookie of the Year: Luke Erickson
  • First-Team All-CHA: Brendan Cook, Bryce Methven


  • Record: 14-14-8 (10-6-4 CHA)
  • First-Team All-CHA: Marty Goulet, Grady Hunt


  • Record: 12-18-5 (8-7-4 CHA)
  • First season as BSU Head Coach
  • Spencer Penrose Award finalist
  • CHA Rookie of the Year: Riley Riddell