MANKATO, Minn. — Don Brose wanted Troy Jutting to follow in his footsteps. On Monday, Brose got his wish.
Jutting, an assistant under Brose at Minnesota State University for the last 10 years, was named the school’s head hockey coach. He will replace Brose, who resigned after 30 years as coach of the Mavericks.
“I’m extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Jutting said in a statement. “I have several goals for the program, not the least of which would be working towards becoming a consistently nationally competitive Division I program.”
Minnesota State athletic director Don Amiot said a number of factors contributed to Jutting’s hiring, but his reputation and dedication stood out.
“The selection committee was very pleased with what Troy has brought to the program as a major player in our present development,” Amiot said, “but was also impressed with his positive reputation among the collegiate hockey community and in the (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).
“He has also exhibited an overall committment to Mankato and MSU and I am confident Troy and his staff will continue to develop the program in the direction that is expected.”
Jutting, 36, was a forward for the Mavericks from 1982 to 1986, when they played in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association as a Division II team. In his senior season, he earned all-conference honors.
He graduated from MSU with a business degree in 1987 and earned a master’s degree in sports administration from the school in 1996.
A Richfield, Minn., native, Jutting has spent the last few years as the Mavericks’ recruiting and academic coordinator.
One of Jutting’s challenges next season will be to maintain the momentum the Mavericks gained this season, their first as a member of the WCHA. MSU finished fourth in the league with a 15-10-3 mark (21-13-4 overall) and lost in the play-in game at the WCHA Final Five.