MSU-Mankato has named Jeff Vizenor its head women’s hockey coach. Last season, Vizenor was an assistant coach at Wisconsin, and helped the Badgers to a 21-9-5 record and a third-place finish in the WCHA.
Prior to his stint at Wisconsin, Vizenor served as head coach at St. Mary’s for two seasons. During his time there, he led the Cardinals to a 34-13-5 record and two MIAC regular season co-championships while peaking out as high as No. 2 in the NCAA Division III polls. He also received the 1998-99 MIAC Coach of the Year award, and developed nine All-MIAC players. Besides his work with the Cardinal program, Vizenor served as the American Women Hockey Coaches Association Division III Western Representative.
Vizenor got his start in women’s hockey in 1997-98 with the St. Cloud Icbreakers, a girls’ team composed of players from three high schools. He guided the inaugural team to an 18-4 record. The prior season, Vizenor served as an assistant boys’ hockey coach at St. Cloud Technical High School.
From 1993-96, Vizenor was an assistant coach on the Mora High School boys’ team that advanced to the 1995-96 Minnesota High School State Tournament and recognition as the Section 2 Assistant Coach of the Year. Vizenor started his coaching career as an assistant at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minn., from 1990-93.