BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey head coach Jim Scanlan announced the hiring of Emma Terres as an assistant coach. Terres, a 2017-18 Beaver Hockey captain, joins the coaching staff after spending the last two seasons playing hockey professionally in Germany.
“First and foremost, knowing Emma as a person, she has a good combination of leadership skills and communications skills,” Scanlan said. “She has the unique ability to connect with everyone. That is just her personality.
“She brings a lot of experience playing the game, not only with us, but also playing over seas the last couple years.” Scanlan added, “I think she has a good mind for the game and that she can help our players as far as skill development. She will be a fresh set of eyes and ideas. I am just excited for her to start working with our players.”
“It’s truly an honor to be back at Bemidji State,” Terres said. “I have fallen in love with the community, the people, the program and everything Bemidji has to offer.
“I have always known I wanted to help others and educate, whether that was coaching or teaching,” said Terres. “It’s hard to coach as much as you would like while you are playing, but I have tried to get myself out there as much as I could while in college and playing professionally,” she added. “I have learned so much from other coaches and now I look forward to giving back to this game.”
Since she graduated from Robbinsdale-Armstrong High School, Terres has asserted herself into the world of coaching. First it was a summer training coach at Armstrong Cooper High School in 2014 and 2015, then as a part of the Little Lady Lumberjacks program in Bemidji, introducing skating and the game of hockey to area girls. She then moved into the role of camp counselor and coach at Breezy point Hockey Camps, where she focused on positional skill development, dryland training and teaching the game of hockey to campers from 2015-18. In 2018, she also served as a coach as the Blizzard Hockey Academy where she was responsible for developing the off-ice training curriculum. Most recently, she began a three-year run (2017-19) as a coach and evaluator for the USA Hockey Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. There she worked with Minnesota’s top 14- and 15-year-old prospects for the USA Hockey National Team.
Terres, a native of New Hope, Minn., played in 146 games for the Beavers between 2014 and 2018 skating in 145 consecutively. During that time the forward accumulated 48 points, which included 21 goals. She established career-high 22 points on a team-best 11 goals and 11 assists as a senior captain.
Following her collegiate career, she pursued hockey professionally in Germany as a part of the country’s top women’s hockey league the Deutsche Fraueneishockey-Liga or DFEL. She first played for ERC Ingolstadt in 2018-19 and was team captain for the Eisbären Juniors Berlin in 2019-20. During her two seasons and 51 games in the DFEL, Terres piled up 47 goals and 29 assists for 76 points and led Ingolstadt to the playoffs in 2019. Even while playing oversees, Terres found a way to teach beyond the boundaries of her captain role serving as a floorball coach for refugee middle and high school students.
Terres completed her minor in human performance and earned a coaching certificate from BSU in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in individualized studies at BSU in 2020.
“She has a passion for Bemidji State,” said Scanlan. “As someone who has lived it and gone through it, she is going to be able to go out really do a good job selling our program because she has been a part of it.”
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).