Mike Hastings is going from one Mavericks’ team to another.
Associate head coach at Nebraska-Omaha since 2009-10, Hastings was announced Saturday as the new head coach at Minnesota State and will begin his new role April 16.
Hastings replaces Troy Jutting, who was relieved of his duties earlier this month after 12 years behind the Minnesota State bench.
“I am extremely excited to have been selected as head coach of the Minnesota State men’s hockey program,” said Hastings in a news release. “During this process, I’ve been struck by the university’s commitment and expectations for excellence and those will be our tenets moving forward. I believe we can win here and we’re thrilled to get started with this new era of Maverick hockey.”
A 1993 graduate of St. Cloud State, Hastings played two years for the Huskies before an injury ended his career.
Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman said that Hasting’s contract would be for four years at a salary of $225,000 per year with a portion of that funded privately.
“There is a tremendous opportunity at hand for Maverick hockey and that was evident by the level of interest that others demonstrated in this position,” Buisman added in the news release. “Coach Hastings emerged from a highly competitive process as the individual we believed was most qualified to take us in the direction we want to go with in terms of fan interest, attendance, recruiting and overall competitiveness. Throughout this process, president [Dr. Richard] Davenport has demonstrated a renewed commitment to the future success of Maverick hockey and has set a solid foundation for our boosters, donors, alumni and community supporters to rally around.
“We need to embrace this change in a positive way, seize the moment, and begin to chart a course where excellence in our hockey program becomes the standard.”