SCSU women's coach Brian Idalski talks about living in the dorms again
The head coach talks about several steps of his playing, coaching career, what he's been up to since getting hired and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider Podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
Since being introduced as St. Cloud State University's sixth women's hockey head coach on June 2, Brian Idalski has been working on getting to know all of his new players. He and his wife have temporarily moved into the SCSU dorms at Shoemaker Hall and he is getting used to his new surroundings.
Idalski is no stranger to women's hockey. He was the head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2001-06, spent one season as an assistant coach at SCSU and then was the head coach for the University of North Dakota from 2007-17.
Idalski discusses what he's learned about the Huskies he's inheriting, talks about his background in coaching and his playing days growing up in Michigan and playing AAA hockey. All this and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider Podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
:40 Decompressing from Russian professional season, living in Shoemaker Hall, renting because of the crazy housing market
3:20 Where he is at with talking to players, players testing with the strength coach
4:35 Number of freshmen coming in, super seniors Taytum Geier, McKenna Wesloh, Jennina Nylund; what it's like working with Finnish players
7:05 Transfer players Avery Myers (New Hampshire), JoJo Chobak (Minnesota Duluth), some of the needs for this season's team
8:15 Watching video delayed, some schedule news, administrative paperwork
9:25 Philosophy of Lou Holtz, can I trust you, are you committed to excellence, do you care about me? Themes of talking with returning players
13:15 His change in philosophy with regard to coaching a system, adjusting to personnel
15:15 Getting involved with hockey as a kid in Michigan, playing AAA hockey, trips to play games in Canada
19:00 Playing junior hockey leads to playing for Wisconsin-Stevens Point in college, playing with a few of the same players from juniors, the success the Pointers had when he played, playing with the fathers of Hobey Baker Award winners
23:25 How he got into coaching after playing minor league hockey, how he ended up coaching the UW-Stevens Point women's team
28:00 Whether or not there are differences between coaching men and women, relating to a scene from the movie "Miracle"
29:50 How he got to be an assistant at SCSU in 2006-07 for Jeff Giesen, noting the differences between Division III and Division I
31:30 How he ended up being the head coach at the University of North Dakota, not anticipating getting the job, being honest with the Grand Forks media
35:15 The shock of UND cutting women's hockey, having a recruit on campus when he got the news, filling the void for a season, coaching at Culver Academy
39:50 The schedule for players the rest of the offseason