Fryklund named Bemidji State women’s hockey assistant coach
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Fryklund named Bemidji State women’s hockey assistant coach
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb announced the hiring of Amber Fryklund as assistant coach of the BSU women’s hockey program. Fryklund, the program’s all-time leading scorer who tallied 122 points from 2000-03, returns to her alma mater after a successful stint as a high school hockey coach.

“Amber Fryklund is no stranger to Beaver hockey,” Goeb said. “As we know, Amber played hockey here and she still holds the record as the program’s leading scorer. She was an outstanding captain here and went on to get some very good coaching experience in the Duluth area. We are excited to bring her back to Bemidji State.”

Fryklund helped lay the groundwork for the Bemidji State women’s hockey program in its infancy. She became the first women’s player to surpass the 100-point milestone and remains the school’s leader in both points and goals scored and is second all-time in assists. Fryklund was also BSU’s first All-Western College Hockey Association selection with a second team nod following the 2001-02 season. As a senior, she was invited to try out for the US National Team. Following her collegiate career, Fryklund went on to play for the Minnesota Blue Jays Senior A Team and Duluth North Stars Senior A team before playing professionally in 2006-07 for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League.

“I’m very excited to be able to return to Bemidji State as an assistant coach,” Fryklund said. “BSU is where I played my college hockey and it is very exciting to be provided the opportunity to come back to a program that is only getting better. Coach Sertich and his staff have done a tremendous job over the last few years. I have had the chance to connect with Steve on several occasions through alumni events. He is a great coach and I am excited to work with him and the rest of his staff.”

Even though Fryklund played at Bemidji State she did note several changes in the atmosphere of college hockey since she finished her college playing days in 2003.

“I think women’s hockey across the country has grown,” Fryklund said. “The caliber of players that come into college is better. The level of play at the collegiate level has gone up so much since I finished playing at Bemidji State. That is exciting in itself. Coach Sertich has done a great job since he arrived at BSU and their has been some great athletes that have come through Bemidji since he arrived that have made a difference in the program.”

Fryklund not only brings a familiarity with the Bemidji State University women’s hockey program but also a familiarity with high school hockey in the state of Minnesota. The native of Hibbing, Minn., who was once a Miss Minnesota Hockey Finalist in her prep playing days, was co-head coach of the Duluth Northern Stars from 2004-09 and an assistant coach for the Proctor-Hermantown-Marshall Mirage for the past two seasons. In addition, Fryklund has worked hockey camps across the state of Minnesota and also served as an evaluator for USA Hockey in Minnesota for girls ages 16 and 17.

“We are very excited to have Amber become a member of our coaching staff and our hockey family here at Bemidji State,” said Steve Sertich. “It is awesome that she is alumni of BSU and our all-time leading scorer, which is an added plus. She had a great playing career and a lot of success coaching high school hockey in the Duluth area. Amber brings a great background and expertise to our team. I think the players will respect her playing background and her coaching background along with her professional demeanor.”

In addition to coaching, Fryklund spent seven years teaching physical education to students grades five through eight at the Marshall School and Duluth Public Schools Academy, both in Duluth, Minn.  

Fryklund received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education teaching K-12 from Bemidji State in 2003. She received her Master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007.

Fryklund takes over for Heather Farrell, who after four years as an assistant coach at Bemidji State left to become the head girl’s hockey coach at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. Farrell is also working in admissions at the prep school and will also be an assistant coach for the softball team.