St. Cloud State Hires Johnson as Assistant

St. Cloud State has named longtime USHL coach and former North Dakota player Steve Johnson as an assistant coach.

Johnson replaces Eric Rud, who left the Huskies to become the head coach with Green Bay of the USHL.

He coached Fargo in the USHL last season but is best known for a decade-long run with Lincoln.

“Steve has been one of the most successful coaches in the history of the USHL and he is one of the great players in the history of the WCHA,” St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko said in a statement. “His experiences as a player and a coach will be a huge asset for our program.”

Johnson played at North Dakota from 1984 to 1988, helping the Fighting Sioux win the 1987 national championship.

“I am very excited to be coming to St. Cloud State and getting back into the WCHA,” Johnson said. “I’ve gotten to know Coach Motzko and Coach [Mike] Gibbons very well over the years, and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the program at St. Cloud State.”