SCSU Announces Women’s Hockey Staff for 2022-23

(Photo Prout)

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY RELEASE

St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey has announced its full 2022-23 coaching staff ahead of the program’s 25th season of competition. First-year head coach Brian Idalski will be assisted by associate head coach Jinelle Siergiej, assistant coach Mira Jalosuo, and volunteer goalie coach Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin. Hockey operations and video coordinator Emily Ach, athletic trainer Rachel Nagel, and strength & conditioning coach Jake Franczek round out the SCSU support staff.

“I am very excited to work every day with this staff,” said Idalski, “The resumes and experiences at the highest levels speak for themselves – but most importantly they are terrific people!”

St. Cloud State’s coaching staff features over 26 years of combined collegiate coaching experience, 15 years of collegiate playing experience, three Olympic participants, three IIHF Women’s World Championship medalists, and two Olympic medalists.

Brian Idalski and Heather Weems (Photo Prout)

Brian Idalski was named the sixth head coach in the history of St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey on May 19, 2022. The 2022-23 campaign marks his 16th as a collegiate head coach, carrying a 277-177-50 record into his first season leading the Huskies. He has coached 10 Olympians, 26 national team members from eight countries, three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, four Patty Kazmaier Top-10 finalists, two NCAA Great Eight Award winners, and 62 WCHA Scholar-Athletes throughout his career.

Idalski compiled five 20-win seasons while leading North Dakota to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, inheriting a team that went 3-31-2 prior to his arrival and rebuilding them into a national power. His teams were consistently ranked in the Nation’s Top-10 while producing a record of 169-156-39. He led UND to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2011-12 and 2012-13, finishing runner-up in the WCHA Tournament in 2013 and 2014. North Dakota finished fourth or higher in each of their final seven campaigns, with Idalski directing a .500 record in WCHA play through his 10 seasons leading the program.

Jinelle Siergiej begins her ninth season with St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey in 2022-23 and her fourth as associate head coach. Joining the staff at SCSU in 2014-15 as an assistant coach, Siergiej was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the start of the 2019-20 season. Working primarily with the forwards and leading recruiting efforts, the 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist has guided eight Huskies to All-WCHA honors including five All-Rookie Team selections. 11 Huskies have delivered 20-point seasons under Siergiej’s tutelage while 11 have posted double-digit goal campaigns. Siergiej has recruited and coached three Olympic forwards in Jenniina Nylund (Finland, Beijing 2022), Klara Hymlarova (Czech Republic, Beijing 2022), and Laura Zimmerman (Switzerland, Beijing 2022).

Mira Jalosuo begins her first season as the Huskies’ assistant coach in 2022-23. A highly-decorated member of Finland’s National Team, the two-time Olympian and five-time Women’s World Championships bronze medalist will primarily work with the St. Cloud State defenders. Jalosuo had been a steady presence on Finland’s blue line until her retirement in 2018, skating for 12 years as a member of the Senior National Team. She appeared in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games – earning bronze at Pyeongchang in 2018 – and added five bronze medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championships. From 2019 to 2022, Jalosuo spent three seasons leading Stillwater Area High School girls’ hockey as the program’s head coach. Under her direction, the Ponies were 52-19-4 (.693) and boasted a strong penalty kill. Stillwater killed 89.3% of their chances on the PK, including 90 of 98 (91.8%) kills in 2019-20.

2022-23 marks Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin’s first season with Huskies Women’s Hockey as the volunteer goalie coach. A legendary First Team All-Ivy goaltender at Princeton from 2000-04, Van Beusekom-Sweerin graduated as the program’s all-time leader in wins and save percentage while finishing second in goals against average and career saves. Well-decorated on the international level, she earned Gold twice with Team USA at the IIHF Women’s World Championships in 2005 and 2009. Owning a career .926 save percentage at the World Championships, she recorded a shutout at the 2009 tournament. She also was a member of the Four Nations Team in 2007. Van Beusekom-Sweerin spent 12 seasons playing professionally with the Minnesota Whitecaps before retiring in 2016.

Emily Ach begins her second season as the program’s hockey operations and video coordinator graduate assistant in 2022-23. The Augsburg University alumna joined SCSU after an extremely successful playing career that saw her earn All-MIAC honors following her senior year and a two-year stint with MAP Hockey. Rachel Nagel returns for her second season serving as the Huskies’ graduate assistant athletic trainer, while strength & conditioning coach Jake Franczek begins his third campaign working with Huskies Hockey.

St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey begins their 2022-23 season with a home exhibition against Durham West Jr. Lightning on September 25 before opening the regular season by hosting RPI on September 30 and October 1.

Information regarding single game and season tickets can be found at scsutickets.com. For all the latest on St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey, stay tuned to SCSUHuskies.com and follow the team on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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