Petersen Named St. Norbert Assistant Coach

From Sports Information Director, April 20, 2012 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - Ryan Petersen has been named assistant coach for the St. Norbert College men's hockey program, head coach Tim Coghlin announced today.

Petersen, a 2009 St. Norbert graduate, returns to his alma mater after spending the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons as an assistant coach under fellow St. Norbert alumnus Mike Szkodzinski at Lawrence University in Appleton. Petersen replaces A.J. Aitken, who was recently named head coach at Marian University in Fond du Lac.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Ryan back into the St. Norbert hockey program," Coghlin said. "He demonstrates daily the commitment, character and loyalty necessary to be a successful coach at this level. His experience as a player at St. Norbert, overseas, and most recently as an assistant coach at Lawrence have helped prepare him for the challenges lying ahead."

A highly popular player at St. Norbert, Petersen captained the Green Knights' first national championship squad in 2008 and was also a captain in 2009. In 119 career games, Petersen scored 34 goals and 39 assists for 73 points. His 119 career games played is tied for sixth-most all-time at St. Norbert.

"I am thrilled to be able to return to the St. Norbert College community and hockey program which have had profound impacts on me as a player, student and person," Petersen said. "I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Tim Coghlin as well as the young men of the hockey program."

Petersen spent the winter of 2010-11 playing in Europe with the Turnhout (Belgium) White Caps, scoring 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 26 games.

St. Norbert, which won its third NCAA Division III national championship in five years in March, opens the 2012-13 season against Concordia University Wisconsin on Oct. 23 at the Cornerstone Community Center.