National Coach-in-Chief, USA Hockey
Mike was selected as the USA Hockey National Sled Development Head Coach in the fall of 2011, in that capacity he works with athletes competing and training for placement on the USA Hockey National Team. Mike represented USA Hockey in 2014 as Sled Representative on a US State Department mission with Russia and traveled to 5 cities in Russia over 14 days working with Disabled athletes and meeting with the leaders of disabled sport in Russia. Mike is also a founding member of the Hendrickson Family Foundation which supports Disabled Hockey (Sled, Special and Wounded Warrior) in Minnesota.
Mike currently holds the position of USA Hockey National Coach-In-Chief which oversees the Coaching Education Programs in the United States. Mike sits on USA Hockey’s Youth Council and Player Development Committee. He also is the Director of Minnesota Hockey’s Reebok High Performance Programs (Player Development) for the State of Minnesota Hockey.
Mike has been involved with USA Hockey since 1989 beginning as a coaching instructor delivering the Coaching Education Program. In 1991 he participated in USA Hockey Player Development Camps, and went on to coach Team Minnkota/ Minnesota’s 16 Teams, winning two National Festival Championships. In 1994-95 began work on expanding the development opportunities in Minnesota for players competing for USA Hockey National Development Camps.
Since 2006 Mike has held the position with the Minnesota Hockey High School Coaches Association (MHCA) as its Executive Director. MHCA represents 300+ member coaches and 160 High School programs.
Mike coached at the high school level for 30 years beginning in Menomonie, WI before coaching in New Ulm, MN. Mike retired as the Head Hockey Coach at Buffalo High School in 2011. As the High School Coach, Mike co-chaired the committee to build a new state of the art facility and developed training programs to benefit local players and the local hockey association. Mike has been selected as Section 6AA Coach of Year and 3 Time Conference Coach of Year.
Mike has also been recognized by his peers as MHCA Section Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year and the Dave Peterson Award Winner. In addition Mike was given the Minnesota Hockey President’s Award in 2011 and a two time recipient of the USA Hockey Presidents Award and he was inducted into the Buffalo Hockey Hall of Fame.
In 2014-15 Mike accepted the position as Assistant Coach at Hamline University with responsibilities for goalies and defenseman. In the staff’s first year they guided the Pipers to a MIAC Championship and NCAA Division III birth.
Mike currently serves the 10th Judicial District and Wright County as Director of Wright County Court Services (Probation Department).
Mike has two children: Jackie – Head Women’s Coach at College of St.Scholastica and Michael a Pharmacist with the VA in Los Angeles.
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