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Raboin not in the running for SCSU head hockey job

Former Laker, Husky hockey captain, and St. Cloud State University assistant hockey coach Garrett Raboin has not applied for the head coaching job after Bob Motzko took the University of Minnesota head coaching job in late March.

"Professionally, I aspire to be a head coach,” Raboin told Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times. “We’re about to have a third child in September. In the big picture, it just wasn't the right time to pursue something like that."

Raboin and wife Emily have two children, Louie, 5, and Malin, 3.

Raboin has submitted his paperwork to renew his contract and remain an assistant coach. He hasbeen an assistant coach at SCSU the last six seasons.

SCSU assistants coach on two-year contracts.

Fellow assistant Mike Gibbons has interviewed with the university's search committee for the head coaching position. Former St. Cloud State player and graduate assistant coach Rikard Grönborg, the head coach of the Swedish national team, has spoken to school officials about the opening.

Motzko resigned in late March after 13 seasons as head coach. The Huskies were the No. 1-ranked team entering the NCAA playoffs but were handed a first round exit by Air Force.

SCSU Athletic Director Heather Weems and the university are continuing a national search to replace Motzko. In a press release from the SCSU sports information department, a target for having a new head coach announced is tentatively set for next week.

The Grand Forks Herald’s award-winning hockey reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman put together an interesting list of potential candidates on his blog (http://undhockey.areavoices.com) in late March after Motzko took the Gopher job.

  • Gibbons or Raboin. The current assistant coaches played a big role in building St. Cloud State’s program. Gibbons (11 years at SCSU, 4 years at DU, 2 years at CC, 5 years at Northern Michigan and 2 years at Bemidji State) is about to turn 63 years old. Raboin (six years at SCSU), a former Husky captain, turned 33 today.
  • Eric Rud, St. Cloud State women’s head coach. Rud has been the women’s coach for four years. He previously served as a St. Cloud State men’s assistant for five years and a Colorado College assistant for four years. Rud, who was once believed to be the heir apparent at Colorado College after Scott Owens, is 45.
  • Mike Guentzel, Gopher assistant. Minnesota hired away a St. Cloud State coach, could the Huskies hire away Guentzel, who was considered a candidate to replace Lucia? Guentzel is 55.
  • Mike Hastings, MSU-Mankato head coach. Hastings, 52, has a nice long contract at MSU-Mankato that he might not want to leave, but he has the experience and a track record of winning at MSU-Mankato.
  • Darren Blue or Todd Knott, MSU-Mankato assistant coaches. Both Blue and Knott are highly regarded in hockey circles. Blue, 47, and Knott, 39, haven’t received a lot of buzz about being candidates for head coaching jobs, but many consider them high-level coaches. If St. Cloud State is looking for rising coaches, this is where they could turn.

    Brett Larson or Jason Herter, Minnesota Duluth assistant coaches. The Bulldogs have recruited very well, which is a strong reflection on Larson and Herter.

  • Fred Harbinson, Penticton Vees. Harbinson served as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State for five years from 2002-07. Since then, he’s built a dynasty in the BCHL with Penticton, attracting high-level players there and winning on a national level. St. Cloud State is just one college program that has recruited Harbinson’s players.
  • Cary Eades, 56, has a track record of winning from his assistant days at UND to his head coaching days in Warroad to his time in Sioux Falls and now to Fargo, where the Force are having a strong season. He’s very familiar with the recruiting landscape. The St. Cloud Times also mentioned Green Bay Gamblers coach Pat Mikesch, who previously served as a Michigan Tech assistant.
  • Seth Appert, the former Denver assistant and RPI head coach who is currently with USA Hockey’s NTDP.
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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