Lindenwood coach discusses the challenges of being a new Division I program, his playing career
Rick Zombo played defense for the University of North Dakota, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. Since 2008, he has been a coach for Lindenwood, a university in St. Charles, Mo. He discusses his career, the art of coaching and more on The Rink Live podcast.
Rick Zombo played defense for the University of North Dakota from 1981-84 and then played in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins from 1984-96. As he was finishing his pro career, he was asked to be a player/assistant coach for the Phoenix Roadrunners, a minor league team of the Los Angeles Kings.
Since he retired, he has coached ever since. In March, Lindenwood announced that it was moving up from the club team level to NCAA Division I. Zombo talks about his career, the challenges his team is facing and more on The Rink Live podcast with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.
2:00 First win as a Division I program, what all has gone into Lindenwood moving up from ACHA to the top level in college hockey "in short order"
3:25 His path to college hockey went through the USHL's Austin Mavericks after getting drafted by Cornwall
5:10 What the college recruiting process was like for him, visiting Wisconsin, North Dakota, RPI and Minnesota, how he almost played with Chris Chelios
7:20 What it was like playing at North Dakota
8:20 Playing against the Gophers, what the rivalry was like
9:40 Playing against Wisconsin for the national title in Providence, R.I., in 1982 as a freshman, his last two NCAA tournament appearances
11:30 How he ended up in coaching, being a player/assistant coach his last season of pro hockey, why he didn't coach his son
16:30 Playing for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and his NHL career from 1984-96, playing in the Norris Division, the game of intimidation when he played, getting challenged because he'd played college hockey
21:00 How they put together a 32-game schedule this season in March and how he got Minnesota, Michigan, Denver, Wisconsin, North Dakota on it
23:40 How did he put the roster together for this season? Selling the name on the back vs. the front of the back first, the importance of listening as a coach.
30:45 The 3-year-old facilities for Lindenwood, playing in the same building as where the St. Louis Blues practice
33:00 Scheduling and possible conference affiliation in the future
35:25 Getting no recognition as a program, making his own path<br/><br/>37:45 Before Lindenwood's first game at Minnesota, what it was like for him to see it coming together