Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



R.J. Enga named assistant coach for SCSU men's hockey team

A former Colorado College assistant coach, he spent last season as the program's director of operations and video coordinator

R.J. Enga.jpg
R.J. Enga
Courtesy of Colorado College

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The St. Cloud State men's hockey team did not go far to find a replacement for assistant coach Nick Oliver.

On Friday, May 20, the Huskies announced that R.J. Enga will replace Oliver, who left the program to become the head coach of the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.

Enga, 50, spent last season as SCSU's director of operations and video coordinator.

Episode 38: Huskies Hockey Insider video podcast for Sept. 13, 2021.

"We are so fortunate to have a highly qualified coach of R.J.’s stature already on our staff and we know he’ll make the transition to our bench seamlessly,” Huskies head coach Brett Larson said in a news release. “His experience speaks for itself, as he has made coaching stops in the NAHL, USHL, national level and in our very own conference at Colorado College.

"Having him on our staff this past season was a blessing, as he was crucial to our operation and immediately earned the trust of our student-athletes and staff. We are excited for the future, and grateful to have R.J. on our bench moving forward.”


When Larson left the team to be an assistant coach for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics last season, Enga was moved to an assistant coaching position with the Huskies to help fill the void until Larson returned. After he did, Enga resumed his position.

As the director of operations and video coocrdinator, during games he was in the press box running the team's video, was hooked up on a head set to Oliver on the bench and made suggestions on whether or not the staff should challenge calls on the ice during games. He was also in charge of the team's travel arrangements.

The 31-year-old Roseau High School graduate discusses the tough decision to leave the Huskies for the USHL. He also talks about the newcomers for SCSU in the fall and does a rapid fire on coaches he's played for, worked with.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to continue to be on the coaching staff in my new role as an assistant coach,” Enga said in the news release. “I am truly honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing program and university. St. Cloud State has such a rich history of success and I will do everything that I can to continue this tradition.

"To be able to work closely with Coach Larson and (associate head) coach (Dave) Shyiak is an incredible opportunity. The players, staff and community have all made it a very welcoming place to be and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Before joining St. Cloud State's staff, Enga was an assistant coach for Colorado College from 2014-21 under head coach Mike Haviland. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Enga spent three seasons (2011-14) as an assistant coach and director of player development in juniors for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. From 2009-11, he was an assistant coach for the Topeka Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League. In 2008-09, he was an assistant coach for Colorado College under head coach Scott Owens.

Before getting into coaching, Enga played pro hockey in North America and in Germany from 1995-2007. Prior to turning pro, he played for forward for Colorado College (1991-95) and had 61 goals and 143 points in 158 games.

Schmitt has been an officiating supervisor for the conference since 2013
The defenseman is a free agent this summer after an AHL All-Star season for Providence. Ahcan talks about his close relationships in hockey, his development and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast
CC Bowlby helped the Hornets win three Class AA state titles. She led Dartmouth in scoring as a senior and had other offers, but chose to try to help the Huskies take another step.
🔊 Former Moorhead Spud Will Borgen is back in his hometown after helping the Kraken win the franchise's first playoff series. He also shares his SCSU memories.
Adam, a former official, had served in that role since the conference began in 2013
Western Michigan leads the way with 5 players earning honors
Forward played the last four seasons at Merrimack College and will work on an MBA at SCSU
Mikey Eyssimont discusses a whirlwind 2022-23 season that saw him play for the Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.
Seattle has a number of former college players who have helped the Kraken to a 2-1 series lead over Dallas. Former Michigan star makes NHL playoff debut
Former Huskies defenseman will play for Americans at World Championships. Warren Clark helps Steinbach win MJHL title, selected by Waterloo in USHL draft.
NCHC alums are defensemen Ronnie Attard, Scott Perunovich, Nick Perbix and Dylan Samberg, and forwards Carter Mazur and Rocco Grimaldi
The 24-year-old goalie from Mound, Minn., is back in Minnesota after playing overseas. A fun conversation with the former All-WCHA First Team pick on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

For more coverage of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities, check out St. Cloud Live.
What to read next
The facility would be built roughly two miles from the Western Michigan campus and, as envisioned, would have 6,000 seats for hockey, which would be a notable increase from the Broncos current home.
Luke Loheit will captain Minnesota Duluth as a fifth-year senior, and he'll be joined by alternate captains Quinn Olson and Dominic James
The Hermantown and Hibbing natives each have a pair of assists as the United States looks to finish group play undefeated.
The 6-foot-2 left-hander played two seasons at Quinnipiac and two at Sacred Heart.
Get Local