Friday, April 17, 2015

Finalists named for women's coach

Minnesota State will interview three candidates — Amber Fryklund, John Harrington and Laura Schuler — for the vacant women's hockey coaching position next week. The university announced Thursday the three finalists on Thursday, who are vying to become the program' fourth coach.

"This is a talented group of candidates with very diverse backgrounds and a variety of professional experiences," athletic director Kevin Buisman said in a statement. "We have heard a lot of wonderful things about what each of these candidates might bring to our program, and I feel very good about these finalists."

Fryklund is an assistant coach at Bemidji State, her alma mater, a position she has held for four seasons. The Hibbing native and BSU's all-time leading scorer was a finalist for that school's head-coaching opening last summer. She also has coached high school hockey in Duluth for five years.

Harrington was the men's coach at St. John's University (1993-2008) and currently works as a scout for the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. In between, he coached professional hockey in Switzerland and Italy. The 1980 Olympian and former Minnesota Duluth player worked on Division I college staffs at St. Cloud State and Denver. He interviewed for the MSU men's job in 2000 when Troy Jutting was hired and also interviewed for the vacant St. Cloud State women's position last summer.

Schüler is an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth and has been since 2008. She also was the head coach at Northeastern (2004-08) and Massachusetts-Boston (2001-2004). As a player, the Northeastern graduate and Hall of Famer, was a member of the Canadian National Team, including that country's 1998 Olympic team.

You can read full bios on the candidates here.

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