2013-14 Women's Ice Hockey
Monday, March 17, 2014Sertich to retire after eight years at helm of Bemidji State women’s hockey
Thursday, March 06, 2014Mowat named to All-WCHA Rookie Team
Saturday, March 01, 2014BSU falls to North Dakota in overtime to end season, 3-2
Friday, February 28, 2014Beavers fall in playoff opener, 4-1 to No. 9 North Dakota
Thursday, February 27, 2014Beavers tangle with No. 9 North Dakota in WCHA Playoffs
Wednesday, February 26, 2014Tougas and Rosenbloom pegged Beaver Pride Athletes of the Week
Sunday, February 23, 2014Bemidji State travels to North Dakota to open WCHA playoffs
Saturday, February 22, 2014Bemidji State defeats St. Cloud State, 3-0 in regular season finale
Monday, March 17, 2014
BEMIDJI, Minn. – After eight seasons at the helm of the Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey program, head coach Steve Sertich is calling it quits. Sertich, who has led the Beavers to 81 wins, eight postseason appearances and the program’s first stint in the national polls, announced his intention to retire from coaching at a press conference March 17.
“I’ve truly enjoyed my time as a teacher and coach at both the high school and Division I levels and now I look forward to the next chapter of my life.” commented Sertich. “
“I want to thank Steve for his time as the head women's hockey coach at Bemidji State University,” commented BSU Director of Athletics Tracy Dill. “Although my time working with Steve has been short, it is evident that he cares deeply about the program, staff and more importantly, the student-athletes. I wish Steve the best in retirement and thank him for all he has done to make BSU a better place."
The 2009-10 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year leaves the Bemidji State program as the all-time wins leader with 81—surpassing each of his predecessors by more than 50 wins. He also amassed 57 victories competing in the greatest conference in women’s college hockey, the WCHA, finishing as high as fifth on two different occasions. Under his watch, BSU had its first individual earn All-America honors, 10 players were named to All-WCHA teams, 97 earned Academic All-WCHA honors and 61 garnered the coveted WCHA Scholar Athlete award.
Sertich led the Beavers to their eighth consecutive WCHA Playoff appearance to conclude the 2013-14 campaign. BSU collected an overall record of 11-21-4 with an 8-17-3 mark in league play to garner the No. 6 seed in the playoffs. The season capped a string of four seasons with a combined 54 wins—the best four-year total in the program’s 15 years of existence.
Sertich led the Beavers to the finest season in program history in 2011-12. The Beavers picked up a program-record 17 wins and finished 17-17-3 overall, which included five wins over ranked opponents. The 2011-12 squad was the first BSU women’s hockey team to achieve a national ranking. The team rose as high as No. 7 in the nation and was ranked or received votes in the national polls every week from Oct. 1-Feb. 27. In addition, Zuzana Tomcikova became the program’s first All-America selection.
Sertich came to Bemidji State in 2006-07 after spending 13 years as the head varsity coach at Roseville Area High School. He coached the Roseville boys’ team from 1993-2003, leading it to a 156-71-11 record and two Minnesota State tournament appearances and two Suburban East Conference Championships. Sertich earned four coach of the year honors, as he was named Section 3AA Boys’ Coach of the Year in 1999, Section 2AA Boys’ Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2003, and Class AA Coach of the Year in 2003.
Sertich began his coaching career in 1976 as the head boys’ varsity coach at Northfield High School, and over the next 20 years he held a variety of head and assistant coaching positions at the high school, college and national team levels.
In addition to his coaching duties, Sertich has served as the Vice President of Board of Directors for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum located in Eveleth, Minn. In that capacity, he was a driving force behind the women’s U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game, which began in 2008 with a game at the Hippodrome in Eveleth, Minn. that featured the Beavers and the University of Wisconsin.
Sertich graduated from Colorado College in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and humanities. He received a master’s degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University, Manakto in 1999.
After his collegiate days were over, Sertich played in the German Professional League, spending the 1974-75 season as captain for Fussen and two seasons from 1978-80 playing for Nurnburg.
Sertich and his wife Sally reside in Bemidji, Minn.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
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