Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Harrington hired to lead MSU women

Perhaps Minnesota State is looking for a miracle worker -- or at least someone who knows about miracles.

MSU on Wednesday announced that it has hired 1980 Olympian and former St. John's men's coach John Harrington as its next women's hockey coach. Harrington most recently worked for the Colorado Avalanche as a scout.

Read the MSU press release here.

Although he has not been a women's coach, Harrington has been a Division I assistant at Denver and St. Cloud State, a D-III head coach at St. John's from 1993 to 2008 (leading the Johnnies to five MIAC regular-season titles, four playoff championships and five NCAA tournament appearances) and a professional coach in Europe.

Harrington becomes the second Miracle on Ice team member to coach in the WCHA women's league, joining Wisconsin's Mark Johnson.

"I think it is exciting for Minnesota State and the Maverick women's hockey program," Johnson said in the MSU release. "John has a real deep background in the coaching world, whether it is at the Division I level or the Division III level. He understands college hockey and he's got a history with the WCHA. Certainly he has a history at the Division III level with what it takes to be successful. It bodes well for our league to bring in an experienced, veteran coach."

A Virginia, Minn., native who played college hockey at Minnesota Duluth, "Bah" Harrington replaces Eric Means, who resigned at the end of this past season. MSU will formally introduce Harrington at a press conference later this month.

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