ST. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud State University Athletics named Steve Macdonald as it’s new Head Coach for women’s hockey at a formal announcement at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Friday, June 21. Macdonald, a current SCSU assistant coach, replaces Eric Rud who announced his resignation from the position on May 13 to accept an assistant coaching job at Miami University.
The announcement of Rud followed an extensive formal search over the past month which included in excess of 15 candidates for the position. Interviews were conducted with four finalists prior to the selection of Macdonald. The search process from a timeline was completed right on track with expectations.
“Throughout the search process, Steve Macdonald’s passion for St. Cloud State University and our community was clear,” said Heather Weem’s, St. Cloud State Director of Athletics. “Over the past five years, Steve has been critical to advancing our recruiting networks and finding players who make us better. He has reached out to alumni to help create greater connection and pride within the program and he has spent hours on the ice in individual and team practice sessions honing skills and building confidence amongst our student-athletes.
“I am delighted to name Steve Macdonald as our head coach and have him continue his work at St. Cloud State, and to help our student-athlete achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Most recently, Macdonald was an assistant coach of SCSU women’s hockey from 2014 to 2019 being hired by his predecessor, Eric Rud. Prior to that, he was an assistant for the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 2011 to 2014. In 2010, he was an assistant coach for the Hockey Canada Women’s U18 team. Other coaching experience included Director of Hockey and Head Coach at Balmoral Hall School for Girls hockey and assistant coach at Balmoral Hall from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2007 he was an assistant coach for the River East Lightning Midget AA team and the Pembina Trails AA Bantam team.
As a player, Macdonald skated for the Dauphin Kings junior hockey squad in 1998-99 and the Fort Garry Twins from 1999-01. He also played one season of NCAA hockey at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Academically, an outstanding student, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Kinesiology/Psychology and Applied Health from the University of Winnipeg.
Mcdonald takes over a squad that finished seventh in the seven-team WCHA in 2018-19 with a 5-19-0 record and 10-25-2 overall. Although their goaltending was strong, the team had trouble burying the puck finishing the season with the lowest average goals per game in the WCHA. He’ll inherit a seasoned team with 15 upperclassmen. With that comes the need for some aggressive recruiting to fill positions over the next few seasons.
In accepting the position, Macdonald said “I am tremendously humbled and honored to lead the Huskies women’s hockey program.The opportunity to continue to be a part of the Huskies’ tradition and build the program is one that myself, Jinelle Siergiei, our staff, and the players are excited to pursue. We believe in the people and the possibilities here at St. Cloud State and can’t wait to move forward.” Macdonald has already announced Siergei will remain as an assistant coach and they will immediately begin a search for another assistant.
Macdonald becomes the fifth coach in women’s hockey history following Kerry Brodt Wethington (2008-2002), Jason Lesteberg (2003-2006), Jeff Giesen (2007-2014) and Eric Rud (2014-2019).
SCSU women’s hockey begins their 2019-20 season with an exhibition game against the University of Regina on Saturday, September 28.