Shane Veenker is entering is tenth full season in 2016-17 with the Bemidji State women’s hockey team after being hired midway through the 2006-07 season. Veenker serves as the recruiting coordinator whose responsibilities include working with the Beavers' defensive unit, defensive zone coverage, and video breakdown.
Since joining the staff at BSU, Veenker has helped the Beavers earn their first winning season in program history along with the team’s first and highest national ranking of No. 7. He has also coached the first All-American and Olympian in program history in goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia) and helped guide Bemidji State to the WCHA Final Face-Off in 2010.
Veenker joined the Beaver staff after serving as an assistant coach for the Bemidji High School girls’ hockey team, before which he head coached the Bagley-Fosston High School boys’ hockey team. The native of Windom, Minn. played high school hockey for his hometown team and before graduating from Bemidji State University in 1993 and 2001.
While attending BSU, Veenker was employed for four seasons as the manager of the men’s hockey team, where he worked under legendary Beaver hockey coach R.H. 'Bob' Peters.
Veenker has worked extensively with the USA Hockey Development Program serving as a Select 14, 15, 16, and 17 coach. He also has previous work experience in the World League of American Football (NFL Europe) and as a graduate assistant for the University of Minnesota football team.