July 25, 2013
MOORHEAD, Minn. – University of Minnesota alum and team captain of the 2012 Gopher women’s hockey national championship team Sarah Erickson has been named the new head women’s hockey coach at Concordia-Moorhead, the school announced on Thursday.
"I'm excited to continue to build the program. To be a part of a program, athletic department and college like Concordia is a phenomenal opportunity,” Erickson said. “Throughout my 20 years in hockey, I have been coached by the best of the best. I have been a sponge soaking up all the information I could, and I want to take that knowledge and give it to my players."
A native of Roseau, Minn., Erickson becomes the sixth head coach in the history of the Concordia women’s hockey program and the youngest head coach in the history of the Cobbers athletic department. Erickson takes over at Concordia-Moorhead after serving as an assistant coach for the UW-Stevens Point women’s hockey program last season.
"Sarah's high-level experience at the high school, collegiate and international levels made her stand out from the other candidates," Concordia-Moorhead Athletic Director Rich Glas said. "She has a tremendous background in the game and her knowledge of the area and what it takes to compete at the highest level in the sport will help the program continue to be very successful. We are ecstatic to be able to have Sarah take control of the program."
Erickson spent four years with the Gopher women’s hockey team from 2008-2012 and helped guide the program to the 2012 NCAA Championship. A two-year captain at Minnesota, Erickson tallied 155 points in 158 career games (second all-time at Minnesota). Her 69 total goals are the 11th most in program history while the former forward also tallied 86 career assists. Erickson was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team as a senior and the WCHA All-Tournament Team as a junior.
The 2008 Ms. Hockey in the state of Minnesota, Erickson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications after earning Academic All-WCHA honors in 2012.
Erickson also brings with her a vast amount of success at the international level. She most recently played for the U.S. Women's National Team that played in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., and defeated Canada in the Gold Medal game. Erickson's international experience also includes captaining the United States Under-18 Team that won the gold medal in 2008. She was the first ever captain of the USA Under-18 team.
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