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Cobbers name Kirk Olimb head men's hockey coach

Concordia athletic director Rachel Bergeson has named Kirk Olimb as Cobbers head men's hockey coach.

Former Willmar WarHawks head coach and general manager Kirk Olimb, shown in an October 2020 file photo, was named Concordia College's men's head coach on Monday, April 4, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — Kirk Olimb has been named Concordia Cobbers head men's hockey coach, athletic director Rachel Bergeson announced Monday, April 4.

Olimb has been the head coach and general manager of the Willmar WarHawks in the North American 3 Hockey League. He becomes the sixth head coach for the program since 1967-68.

“Kirk’s success as a coach, player and student-athlete were a big part of the committee’s decision,” Bergeson said. “His familiarity with the MIAC, NCAA Division III, and the commitment it takes to excel at a high level made him a perfect fit for the position.”

Olimb spent the past three seasons with the WarHawks and led the team to the playoffs in the past two seasons. Olimb also has experience in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, serving as an assistant coach for Hamline University for the 2018-19 season.

“One of the biggest things that attracted me to this job was the fact that you can come into a program that has been successful," Olimb said.


The Cobbers posted a 13-10-3 overall record and 10-4-2 MIAC mark last season under interim head coach Dale Lund.

Olimb played prep hockey for Warroad (Minn.) High School and helped the team to a Class A boys state championship in 2005. He also played college hockey for Hamline.

After he earned an undergraduate degree from Hamline, Olimb graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2016. He then spent two years as an associate attorney for a law firm in Minneapolis.

“Kirk’s impressive student-athlete background will be a great asset for Concordia athletes,” Bergeson said.

Olimb is set to start his coaching duties immediately.

Concordia Cobbers head men's hockey coach Kirk Olimb.

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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