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SCSU fires women's coach Steve Macdonald

Former Huskies, Bulldogs assistant coach had been the team's head coach since 2019

Steve Macdonald was introduced as the fifth St. Cloud State University women's head hockey coach on Friday, June 21, 2019, at a press conference at the Husky Den at St. Cloud State University. Macdonald was fired by the university on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The contract of St. Cloud State women's hockey head coach is not being renewed.

Steve Macdonald has been the Huskies head coach since 2019. Before that, he was an assistant coach for the team from 2014-19 and an assistant coach for Minnesota Duluth 2011-14.

“We would like to thank Coach Macdonald for his commitment to SCSU, our women's hockey program, and our community as both a head and assistant coach," St. Cloud State director of athletics Heather Weems said in a news release on Wednesday. "These decisions are difficult. Ultimately, it is time to move in a new competitive direction in the leadership of our women's hockey program."

In the release, it said that the university will conduct a national search for its next coach. The release did not mention whether or not the university will bring back assistant coaches Jinelle
Siergiej or Molly Engstrom, both of whom are former Olympians and former All-Americans at the University of Wisconsin.

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Macdonald recently finished his third season as St. Cloud State head coach and the Huskies were 21-59-9 record in his tenure, including a 9-23-3 in 2021-22. Ohio State swept St. Cloud State in a best-of-three WCHA playoff series on Feb. 25-26 in Columbus, Ohio.


Macdonald replaced Eric Rud as head coach after Rud left to become an assistant coach for the Miami University men's hockey team. Rud, a former Colorado College and St. Cloud State men's hockey assistant coach, was 48-114-16 as the head coach for the Huskies women's team.

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

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