Sertich inducted into MHCA Hall of Fame
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bemidji State University women’s hockey head coach Steve Sertich was inducted into the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame announced the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday, March 11. The honor is bestowed to coaches that have outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey in Minnesota.

“I was very humbled and honored to be included with all the great coaches of Minnesota boy’s hockey history,” Sertich said. “It’s a nice compliment to the program in Roseville that we had for a dozen years.”

In his fourth year at Bemidji State, Sertich was earlier honored as the 2010 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year after leading the women’s hockey team to a first-ever appearance in the WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF and ending with a season record of 12-19-7 (9-12-7-3 WCHA).

Sertich’s first coaching jobs were at Northfield High School and Virginia High School. After a brief hiatus from coaching in the early ‘80s, he spent several seasons as an assistant to Wayne Nelson at Blaine High School. After Blaine, Sertich spent the next five years as an assistant to Mike Thomas at Richfield High School. In 1993 he took the head coaching job with the boy’s team at Roseville High School. With Sertich at the helm, the Raiders made it to the state tournament in 2002 and 2003 finishing third and second, respectively.

In 2003 Sertich took over the head coaching job for the girl’s team at Roseville High School, finishing 2006 with a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Sertich then accepted the head coaching position at Bemidji State in 2006. In his four years at BSU Sertich has compiled a 33-93-20 record, becoming the winningest women’s hockey head coach in BSU history.

In May 2007 Sertich became the Vice President of Board of Directors for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame located in Eveleth, Minn. Some of his responsibilities include making decisions on marketing and purchasing endeavors, along with planning and making decisions for the specific operations taking place throughout the year.

Under his tutelage, the BSU women’s hockey team has posted its most conference wins in a season, nine wins in both 2009-10 and 2006-07. Sertich has also coached two Olympians while at Bemidji State, Nina Ziegenhals who played for Team Germany in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and Zuzana Tomickova (So., G, Bratislava, Slovakia) who played for Team Slovakia in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Sertich began his playing career with the Colorado College Tigers in 1970 and assembled a standout four-year career, during which he played 125 games and scored 162 points (75G, 87A). He graduated from CC in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and humanities.

Sertich is joined in 2010 inductee class by Larry Hendrickson of Apple Valley High School, John McNamara of Northfield High School, and former Beaver Hockey alum Gary Hokanson of Roseau High School, who played for the BSU men’s team in 1968-69 winning a NAIA Championship.

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