Former Husky Garrett Raboin Named Augustana Head Coach

Garrett Raboin (Photo Prout)

St. Cloud, MN -Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD)  formally announced on April 18th that former SCSU player/coach Garrett Raboin has been named head coach of the Vikings men’s hockey team.

The school released a statement indicating  “This is a great day for Augustana University and an incredibly important step in the launch of Viking Hockey,” said Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

“Garrett Raboin brings a passion for the game and genuine enthusiasm for the broader vision that will be energizing for all of us as we build toward our first year of competition in 2023. We are thrilled to welcome Garrett, Emily, and their children to Augustana and the Sioux Falls community.”

“We started this process looking for someone who can build a nationally competitive men’s hockey program that competes at Division I and we sure found him,” Augustana Director of Athletics Josh Morton said. “Garrett is a proven winner, excellent recruiter, and will help us build community excitement for Augustana hockey. He is a great addition and will add to the excellence of Augustana athletics.”

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen as the first leader of Augustana Men’s Hockey,” Raboin said. “This is the right time, at the right university, with the right leadership, to bring Division I college hockey to South Dakota. My family and I are excited to become a part of the Sioux Falls community, we can’t wait!”

In June of 2021, Augustana University announced it would be adding Division I men’s hockey, becoming the first in South Dakota to offer the sport at the top collegiate level. Augustana spokeswoman Jill Wilson called it a “game-changing” move for the university. Sioux Falls businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated money to kickstart the program.  Augustana has said it wants to move all of its programs to Division I by 2030.

Raboin, a 37-year-old native of Detroit Lakes, MN played defense for the SCSU Huskies from 2006 to 2010 and was an assistant captain his sophomore year and named captain his final two seasons. In 156 games, Raboin posted 21 goals and 62 assists for 83 points. Pound for pound one of the hardest hitters in the league, Raboin racked up 162 penalty minutes in his career.

Raboin played professional hockey in Europe for two seasons and then returned to St. Cloud State as an assistant under Bob Motzko in 2012. He remained in that position until the end of the 2017-18 season when he left to join Motzko as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota.

Raboin will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday, April 19, at 2 p.m., inside the University Welcome Center (2100 S. Summit Ave.) on Augustana’s campus. The press conference is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Augustana Athletics YouTube page.

 

 

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