St. Thomas men’s hockey coach Jeff Boeser to retire following 2020-21 season

Jeff Boeser

University of St. Thomas Sports Information Department

A mainstay with the Tommie men's hockey program for parts of five decades, Jeff Boeser has announced he will retire following the 2020-21 season.  The coming season will be Boeser's 11th leading the program. 

"I am so blessed to have been able to coach at a place that means so much to me for so many years," said Boeser.  "There are so many people that have been a part of this journey.  I am proud of the players, coaches and all the other supporters that have helped sustain the program.  The time is right for me to step away and enjoy the next chapter of my life.  I look forward to coaching this team for the final season in the MIAC."

"Duke really is a true Tommie, as he exemplifies what 'comprehensive excellence' is all about – on the ice, in the classroom and in the community," said Vice President, Director of Athletics Phil Esten.  "His deep care for the overall development of our student-athletes goes beyond winning hockey games as he genuinely cares about preparing them for a lifetime of success.  The impact that he has had on student-athletes and our department is overwhelming, and I'm personally thankful for his commitment.  When you look carefully at the success his alumni have had in business, community and family you know his leadership has guided them to overall success as his integrity, passion and positive attitude are felt by all."

An integral part of the St. Thomas men's hockey program as a player, assistant coach, and head coach since stepping on campus in 1971, Boeser is an example for the St. Thomas community to follow.  His focus on the entire student-athlete experience embodies the pursuit of comprehensive excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.

In 10 seasons as head coach, Boeser has led the Tommies to six Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) regular season titles and a pair of playoff championships.  His teams have finished in the top two of the conference standings eight times, qualified for the conference playoffs in each of his 10 seasons, and earned their way to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions.

Boeser was on the bench for each of the 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in program history as both an assistant coach and head coach.  That mark is fourth most of any institution in Division III.  As a head coach, Boeser's Tommies collected top-10 finishes in each of their previous two appearances, including a fifth-place finish in 2014.  St. Thomas' third berth in the postseason came this past spring when competition was cancelled due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

He has coached a National Player of the Year, along with six Division III All-Americans, three MIAC Players of the Year and 37 MIAC All-Conference selections, all while collecting a 154-80-31 (.640) overall record and a 110-38-21 (.714) mark in league play.  He was voted the MIAC Coach of the Year three times and was also named a finalist for American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) National Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Not only did his teams perform on the ice, but in the classroom as well.  With his emphasis on academics, the Tommies earned 60 Academic All-MIAC honors, 32 AHCA All-American Scholars in just four years of the award, and one CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.  Despite moving classes online in the spring of 2020, the Tommies had their best year of late in the classroom, earning a 3.63 average GPA thanks to a 3.8 mark in the spring semester.

The Tommies also developed a strong partnership with Special Olympics Minnesota.  Not only did the Tommies participate as officials and volunteers, but also created joint teams to compete in these tournaments across a variety of sports.  Additionally, the team has participated in the annual fall clean up to help rake leaves in lawns surrounding campus.

Boeser was named head coach in April 2010 following the retirement of 23-year head coach Terry Skrypek. He served as an assistant for the program's two NCAA Runner-Up finishes in 2000 and 2005.  He has played an integral role in extending an active streak of 38 consecutive winning seasons. 

A potent player in his own right, Boeser played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team after graduating from St. Thomas in 1975 with a degree in physical education.  He was inducted in to the St. Thomas Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986.

"I cannot adequately express my gratitude to Duke's personal attention, dedication to success and his 'team-first' approach," finished Esten.  "I wish he and Lisa all the best as they greet their next chapter together."

A national search will be conducted for the next St. Thomas head men's hockey coach.

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