Former Augsburg player May joins Minnesota as new director of hockey operations


Minnesota has announced the addition of Greg May as the program’s new director of hockey operations.

May, who will begin his new role on Aug. 20, replaces John Hamre, who stepped down in July to join the coaching staff of the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.

“Greg May stood out to us from the start of this process as an up-and-coming hockey coach who has a ton of passion and knowledge for the game,” said Gophers coach Bob Motzko in a statement. “As soon as he expressed an interest in the position, we knew he would make an immediate and positive impact throughout our program, and we’re thrilled to be adding someone with his experience to our team. We’d also like to acknowledge John Hamre for his years of service to the University of Minnesota and wish him well as he embarks on the next step of his career.”

A native of Burnsville, Minn., May joins the Gophers after spending the last three seasons as head boys hockey coach and associate director of athletics at the Blake School, where he led the Bears to back-to-back Independent Metro Athletic Conference championships in 2017 and 2018. Prior to his time at the Blake School, he spent two seasons as head boys hockey coach at Farmington High School, leading the Tigers to the program’s first MSHSL Class AA state tournament appearance.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Gopher athletics and specifically the Gopher men’s hockey program,” added May. “I am grateful for the opportunity Coach Motzko and his staff have awarded me. I’d like to thank senior associate athletic director Tom McGinnis and the entire hiring committee for their time with me throughout this process. It is an awesome time to be part of Gopher hockey. I fully believe in Coach Motzko, Coach Raboin and Coach Gordon and know they will have success here for a long time. To be able to learn from them, work with them and assist them in their process excites me.”

A 2003 graduate of Burnsville High School and a three-time all-conference honoree in hockey, May played collegiately at Augsburg and was a MIAC All-Conference honoree. He graduated from Augsburg with a bachelor’s degree in health education and physical education and went on to earn a master’s degree in education leadership from Concordia (Minn.).