St. Cloud, MN – There was a time in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system that you rarely saw anything other than a four-year contract for a head coach. These days, and specifically for college hockey you are seeing many more extended contracts for head hockey coaches.
The current Master Agreement of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities now allows “those head coaches being renewed for a subsequent athletic appointment shall be offered an athletic appointment of three (3) to ten (10) years duration at the discretion of the President.”
St. Cloud State University administration announced on Tuesday, June 15 that they have extended head hockey coach Brett Larson’s current contract to seven years. Larson, who is currently 48 will have a contract that secures his position at SCSU until age 55 and the 2027-28 season.
“Since his arrival at St. Cloud State and very first meeting with the team, Coach Larson has demonstrated an impressive capacity for leadership and coaching,” said Weems. “Brett’s commitment to a positive program culture marked by continuous development, selfless play, relentless work ethic, and overall excellence provides an atmosphere in which players thrive. He has fostered a brotherhood amongst current and former Huskies that honors each members’ contributions and celebrates their pride in St. Cloud State. Brett understands the value of Huskies Hockey to our campus and community and has prioritized visibility and approachability throughout the program. He has enjoyed welcoming youth, alumni, fans, and friends into our facilities and helping them connect with players and coaches. I couldn’t be more excited about the trajectory of our program and its continued presence amongst the nation’s elite men’s hockey programs under Coach Larson’s leadership. ”
“I want to thank Heather Weems for believing in me and giving me this opportunity three years ago, as well as her passionate support of Husky Athletics,” Larson commented. “I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by great people here at SCSU. The administration, our players, our staff, our alumni, and our fans make this such a special place. I’m proud to be a Husky and am looking forward to continuing our work to make our school, community, alumni, and fans proud of Husky Hockey!”
Larson just completed his third season at St. Cloud State and has compiled a 63-32-3 overall record including two NCAA tournament appearances and runner-up in the national championship vs the University of Massachusetts this past April. Larson’s initial contract was a five-year deal inked in 2018.
Larson was named NCHC Coach of the Year following the 2018-19 season with his squad earning the top seed in the NCAA tournament. That season, the Huskies won the NCHC regular-season championship and were undefeated on home ice.
Previous to St. Cloud State, Larson was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota – Duluth initially from 2008-11 and returning to UMD for the 2015-2018 seasons prior to being named head coach of the Huskies. He also served as an assistant coach at the Ohio State University from 2013 to 2015.
Larson was a four-year regular on defense at UMD from 1991 to 1995 and was named captain his senior year. An offensive-minded defenseman, Larson posted 67 points in 134 games for the Bulldogs.
Larson was chosen in the 11th round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings and played 12 years of professional hockey in the USA and internationally.