Monday, September 6, 2010
Rumor Alert! Possible New Assistant Coach
This week I learned of a rumor about who may join the Huskies to replace assistant coach Eric Rud. Let me preface this blog by saying this is still ONLY a rumor. I recently received an e-mail from a blogger who writes a prominent USHL blog. This blogger let me know about an e-mail he received that suggested that Steve Johnson may be applying for the open SCSU assistant coach position. So, again, I say this is ONLY a rumor:
Steve Johnson may be applying for the SCSU open assistant coach position. Johnson currently serves as the head coach/ general manager of the USHL's Fargo Force. Steve Johnson began his coaching career as head coach of the Fargo-Moorhead Bears for the 1995-1996 season. That year he was recognized as the USHL coach of the year. The Bears then disbanded and was hired as the head coach/ general manager of the USHL Lincoln Stars. Johnson went on to a very successful career with the Stars. In his first year (1996-1997 season) he lead the Stars to a Clark Cup Championship. He also took the Stars to a Clark Cup Championship in 2002-2003 and to Anderson Cup Championships in 1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2002-2003. Coach Johnson was recognized as USHL coach of the year three times (1995-1996, 1999-2000, and 2000-2001). He began his position as head coach/ general manager of the Fargo Force in June 2009.
Steve Johnson played college hockey for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (1984-1988). He helped the Sioux win the National Championship in 1987. Johnson was a Hobey Baker Finalist in his senior season (1987-1988). He went on to spend three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (in the minor league system).
From what I have read about him, Steve Johnson sounds like an excellent candidate for the assistant coach position. However, all of this is still speculation. The kind person who let me know about this rumor also told me that Johnson is happy in Fargo (he is a Grand Forks native) and that he may not be willing to forgo a head coaching position for an assistant position. I will let you know as more progresses!
*P.S. Would hiring a former UND player intensify the current UND/ SCSU rivalry?