Minnesota State announced Tuesday that women's hockey coach Eric Means completed his coaching staff, hiring Jon Austin as a full-time assistant and naming Dean Williamson as a volunteer assistant. They will join Shari Vogt, who was hired at the end of June.
Here are bios from MSU's release:
Jon Austin played four years as a forward at Colorado College (1995-99) where he collected 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points in 142 career games. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA national championship game in his freshman season (1995-96). After graduating from CC in 1999, Austin spent the next three years playing professionally before joining the coaching staff at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault. Austin served as an assistant to Tom Ward with the boys prep team at Shattuck and the native of International Falls helped lead the Sabres to the national championship in 2006. He also has served as an assistant coach with the boys varsity team at International Falls the last two years.
Dean Williamson, who played collegiately with the University of Minnesota from 1987-90, has an extensive background in youth and amateur coaching in the state. The Edina native has worked with boys and girls youth and high school teams in Bloomington, Park Center, Wayzata, Edina and Bemidji over the course of the past 26 years. He led the Edina U12 girls team to the 2009 state championship and has served as and assistant coach with the Bloomington Jefferson High School boys team (2002-03), the Blake High School boys team (1999-2001) and the Park Center High School boys team (1998-2000) and served as the head coach of the boys team at Wayzata High School (1992-95). Williamson, who was a member of the U.S. national team in 1990-91, earned a degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991.