SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana University Men’s Hockey Program has its first-ever head coach. Garrett Raboin, assistant coach for the University of Minnesota of the Big Ten Conference, has been selected to be the inaugural head coach of the Viking Hockey program — set to take the ice in the 2023-24 academic year.
Raboin just completed his fourth season (at Minnesota under head coach Bob Motzko) with a trip to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four. The Gophers claimed the 2022 Big Ten regular season Championship and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship.
The 2021-22 season saw Raboin tutor Ben Meyers who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the nation’s best hockey player. Meyers was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year. In addition, Colin Schmidt was named the NCAA Elite 90 award recipient for being the top student-athlete at the NCAA Championship.
In 2020-21, Minnesota led all of NCAA Division I with 24 wins and earned its first No. 1 national ranking in six years. The Gophers also claimed their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2014.
In his four years at Minnesota, Raboin mentored five AHCA All-America recipients while reaching the NCAA Postseason twice (with a third-year wiped out by COVID-19).
Prior to joining head coach Bob Motzko at Minnesota, Raboin was assistant coach at St. Cloud State University.
In his six years with the Huskies, Raboin helped St. Cloud State to five NCAA tournament berths, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2013. The program also claimed three regular-season conference championships, including the 2017 NCHC Penrose Cup.
Prior to his time at St. Cloud State, the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, native skated with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, then played professionally in Europe for two seasons before joining Motzko’s staff at St. Cloud State.