Minnesota-Duluth coach Mike Sertich won his 300th career game on December 21, as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Harvard, 4-2, in a non-conference game.
The win is a milestone for the 14-year coach Sertich, but far from the only one. Not only has he won 300 games, but he has also been named the WCHA Coach of the Year four times, only the second to do so; has compiled a .539 winning percentage (300-254-35); guided his team to three WCHA championships (1983-84, 1984-85, 1992-93); four NCAA appearances (including a classic four-overtime championship game against Bowling Green); and he won the Spencer-Penrose Award as Division I National Coach of the Year in 1983-84.
Sertich is the winningest coach in the history of Minnesota-Duluth hockey, after taking over in 1982 for Gus Hendrickson. The win also places Sertich 36th on the all-time NCAA win list.
A native of Virginia, Minn., Sertich played with Minnesota-Duluth three seasons from 1966-69, accumulating nine points in 64 games as a defenseman. He went on to coach at Grand Rapids high school with Gus Hendrickson, and in 1975 the two joined the UMD hockey program, Hendrickson as head coach and Sertich as associate in charge of recruiting.
His current season has the Bulldogs at 11-8-1, good for fifth place in the WCHA. The team’s next WCHA action comes when they host Alaska-Anchorage on January 10-11, 1997, after an exhibition game against an international team.