Bemidji State announces finalists for head women’s hockey coach
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
May. 10, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

BEMIDJI , Minn. - Bemidji State University director of athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced that the pool of women’s hockey head coaching candidates has been narrowed and three finalists have been invited to Bemidji, Minn. for interviews this week (May 10-12). The three finalists included: Steve Sertich, head coach Roseville Area High School; Jeffrey Giesen, assistant coach St. Cloud State University; and David Lohrei, Director of Culver Military Academy summer ice hockey and skating program and ice arena management consultant.

Each of the three finalists will be in Bemidji this week to meet with members of the department of athletics and the university during the interview process. Sertich will begin the interviews Wednesday (May 10th) followed by Giesen (May 11th) while Lohrei will wrap up the process with his Friday (May 12th) visit.

Sertich became the Roseville Area High School head girl’s hockey coach in 2003 after serving as the head boy’s hockey coach for ten seasons at Roseville Area High School. In fourteen years of coaching at the high school level he has compiled an overall record of 218-92-13. He has also garnered numerous coaching awards throughout his career at Roseville Area High School with his most prestigious award coming in 2003 when he was named Minnesota State High School, Class AA State Boys’ Hockey Coach of the Year.

Sertich played four years of collegiate hockey at Colorado College and was a member of the United State National team from 1973-1975. He was also part of the 1976 United States Olympic Team in Innsbruck, Austria where he was a Team Co-Captain.

A Virginia, Minn. native, he played three years of varsity hockey at Virginia High School were he was also team captain. He graduated from Colorado College in 1974 with a degree in elementary education, humanities. He later obtained a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in elementary education.

Giesen joined the St. Cloud State University coaching staff as a full-time assistant in 2003-04 after serving as the associate head coach at Saint John’s University in Minnesota. In addition to his experience at Saint John’s, Giesen has worked extensively with the USA Hockey Development program. The most recent program was with the girls’ 15/16 camp in Lake Placid this past summer. Giesen has also worked with the girls’ 17/18 camp in Lake Placid, along with numerous USA Hockey boys’ programs. Giesen was named the assistant coach of the 2005-06 WCHA All-Star team who competed against the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team.

Giesen graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1993 with a degree in physical education and he is currently pursuing is masters degree at St. Cloud State University in Sports Management.

Lohrei has spent the last two years as the Director of the Culver Military Academy summer ice hockey and skating program along with being an ice arena management consultant. He also served as the head coach for the New Jersey Metro Moose Junior ‘A’ hockey team located in New York where he coached them to the Commissioner’s Trophy Championship with a 40-8-6 record. In addition to his experience with the New Jersey Metro Moose, Lohrei has been a head coach for five other teams, including two teams from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and two teams from the Central Hockey League (CHL).

Lohrei graduated from Whitewater University in 1988 with a degree in physical education. He later obtained a master’s degree from Miami University, Ohio in exercise and health studies.

The BSU head women’s hockey position was vacated by Bruce Olson who stepped down from his duties in late December. Olson mentored the BSU women’s ice hockey program for four years.