Former Bemidji State assistant Workman named interim coach at St. Olaf


St. Olaf announced Tuesday the hiring of Cole Workman as interim head men’s hockey coach for the 2019-20 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cole to the Ole athletics family,” St. Olaf athletic director Ryan Bowles said in a statement. “Cole is one of the rising stars in the hockey coaching community and we are confident that he will do a great job leading our program this year.”

Workman comes to St. Olaf after spending the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Bemidji State.

“I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity presented to me by athletic director Ryan Bowles and his surrounding staff,” Workman said. “They have put their trust in me to run this program and I will give them nothing but my best. My wife and I are very excited to be a part of the Ole family, as well as the community of Northfield.”

Prior to Bemidji State, Workman was the head coach and director of player personnel for the SIJHL’s Thief River Falls Norskies during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

A 2015 graduate of Finlandia, Workman played four years of hockey for the Lions and was a three-time NCHA All-Academic Team honoree.

Following his career at Finlandia, Workman worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater before becoming an assistant coach for the women’s hockey program at Adrian in 2015-16, helping the Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance that season.