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Former Bemidji State athletic director Tracy Dill named interim commissioner of WCHA

Dill, who retired from BSU on June 30, replaces Jennifer Flowers.

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Retiring Bemidji State director of athletics Tracy Dill speaks during his retirement party on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Former Bemidji State athletic director Tracy Dill will begin serving as the interim commissioner of the WCHA on Aug. 1. Dill replaces Jennifer Flowers, who resigned in June to become the athletic director at Southwest Minnesota State University .

Flowers was the WCHA commissioner for three years. Dill spent the last nine years at Bemidji State after spending 25 years in coaching and administration at St. Cloud State.

"I am excited about this opportunity to continue working with some great colleagues," Dill said in a press release from the WCHA. "We have wonderful student-athletes in this league and I will continue working and advocating on their behalf.

"Jen Flowers did a terrific job during her time with the WCHA and has put us in a great position to continue as the premier women's college hockey league in the country. The bar has been set pretty high and I look forward to working alongside our talented and dedicated staff to uphold those standards."

In late July, Jennifer Flowers will take over as the fourth commissioner in the 20-year history of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's league. She takes over for Katie Million, who accepted a position with USA Hockey, and comes to...

Dill has been in college athletics as a player, coach and administrator for more than 40 years. At BSU, he helped the Beavers men's hockey program transition from the WCHA to the revitalized Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He began his time in college athletics as a quarterback at St. Cloud State.

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"We have a seasoned professional in Tracy Dill," WCHA board chair and Minnesota State University-Mankato director of athletics Kevin Buisman said in the news release. "Tracy was a consensus choice to fill this role and is highly regarded by his peers. He is passionate about the sport of hockey and he will be an outstanding ambassador and representative of the WCHA."

Buisman said that the WCHA will likely begin a national search for a full-time commissioner replacement at a date to be determined in the spring of 2023.

The WCHA has eight member institutions in Bemidji State, Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, St. Cloud State, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Wisconsin. In the 23 seasons of its existence as a women's conference, WCHA members have won a record 19 national titles and produced eight Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 115 All-Americans and 222 Olympic team members.

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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