Women's Ice Hockey Coaches
Jim Scanlan
Head Coach
Shane Veenker
Assistant Coach
Emma Terres
Assistant Coach
Kevin Braeunle
Director of Hockey Operations
Ellie Moser
Student Assistant
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Shane Veenker

Shane Veenker

Assistant Coach

Phone (218) 755-4251
Email [email protected]

Shane Veenker is entering his 16th season in 2021-2022 with the Bemidji State women’s hockey team. 

During the 2021-22 season, the Beavers marked an 11-20-3 record with an 8-18-2 record in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, findng the team a sixth-place finish in regular-season conference play. BSU placed a conference high 20 student-athletes on the WCHA All-Academic Team, 15 of which were also named WCHA Scholar-Athletes. An exciting year for the Beavers landed eight player of the week honors and two athletes players of the month spots. 

Establishing himself as a tireless recruiter with an eye for identifying potential the Beavers have seen two All-American's and an Olympian in goaltenders Zuzana Tomcikova (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Brittni Mowat(Glenboro, Manitoba) and a WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in Defensemen(Ivana Bilic). BSU has had 10 players placed on all-WCHA teams including five blue-liners and with his assistance the Beavers have advanced to the WCHA Final Face-Off three times.

Veenker oversees the Beavers' blueliners, penalty kill, video breakdown and opponents pre-scouts.

Veenker joined the Beaver staff after serving as an assistant coach for the Bemidji High School girls’ hockey team, before which he was Head Coach for the Bagley-Fosston High School boys’ hockey team. He is a 1988 Windom Area High School graduate and graduated with a degree from Bemidji State University in Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education in 1993. 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.