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Minnesota State-Moorhead to spend $1 million a year if D-I happens

Minnesota State-Moorhead would spend more than $1 million a year in coaching salaries and benefits if it starts men’s and women’s Division I programs, according to an article in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

In documents the paper obtained from MSUM through an open records request, the university would pay a head men’s coach $240,000 and a women’s head coach $120,000 in salaries in the program’s first year.

“We’re trying to do this at an extremely high level so that we can we can be successful,” MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said to the Forum.

To start the programs, the university would $37 million in commitments to support an endowment model business plan.

Peters said the next step is to get to 80 percent of the $37 million ($29.6 million) by January 2012. The school announced in July that it had $15 million in soft commitments, about 40 percent of the goal.

“The time is now,” added Peters. “If this community is ever going to get Division I hockey, this is the best opportunity it’s ever going to have.”


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  • JamesDee

    The NCHC might be calling Moorhead in 2013-2014. Close to UMD, ND, and St Cloud.

    If they put the money in coaching and a rink. The NCHC might be calling.

    • Ss

      Not a chance….NCHC wants nothing to do with a D2 school in a small market with a start up program…..more likely to WCHA (conf. of leftovers)

      • JamesDee

        Bemdji and Mankato. Who goes first to the NCHC?

        • BD

          Neither.  THey do not raise the level of play enough to be in the NCHC.

      • Guest

        Hey the Fargo – Moorhead area is over twice the size of Grand Forks. I should know grew up in Fargo and went to school at UND. I agree that the NCHC won’t come calling but it has nothing to do with the size of the market. They would love to have a market that loves hockey as much as the FM area and if they can get a quality coach they have a nice building to play in. It isn’t huge only about 6500 I think but it is a great facility that Dean Blais helped to get built. 

        Look out as if they get this up and running quickly and get a few home town kids to stay and play there they could have a decent program quickly.

    • BD

      There is  no way.  THe NCHC is trying to set itself up as the elite league to counter the Big Ten.  It has no need to bring in a new team that will spend 15 years being rung up on.  I still cannot figure out why they let St Cloud in.

  • Hockeyfan

    Probably none of the above.  But if they do come calling, one would have to go with Bemidji.  Competitive, hockey committed and good new facilities.

  • Adam

    Bemidji got rejected initially by the WCHA, why would the NCHC want them?

    • guest

      fargo has money. like another person said they have twice the amount of people that grand forks has. another reason is that with min st. moorhead getting a d-1 hockey team it is easily going to be their number one sport so they will pay the money to be good. for the gophs they have a lot of other d-1 sports to worry about besides hockey 

      • BD

        It would be more logical to see NDSU emerge from the ACHA and try to get into the WCHA to replace UND than see the Minnesota schools try to go D1.

  • Go4hockey

    How can they pay their head coach 240,000? That is roughly what Lucia makes at the U of M and obviously Moorhead will not have anywhere near the same income that the Gophs have…It doesn’t make sense…

  • Theflyingscotsman48

    Who cares what league Moorhead joins … 

    If the NCAA sticks to a one-game playoff system, just join the weakest league and make the playoffs …It’s woking for Air Force and will work well for the WCHA cjampion …

  • Gogspiezano

    The only reason a school like Nebraska/Omaha is in NCHC is Dean Blais. Think of a Bemedji or Mankato team with a high profile coach and a few years of solid success. That is when they will get some interesting chances for “high-level” conferences. Not now.