Aug. 14, 2015

Brett Larson, associate head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, is returning to Minnesota Duluth, his alma mater, as an assistant coach, UMD announced Friday. Larson spent two years on the Ohio State staff after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs and two as the head coach and general manager of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

“We want to thank Brett for the impact he has had on our players, staff and program over the last two years,” Steve Rohlik, Ohio State head coach, said. “We wish him nothing but the best as he returns to Duluth.”

The position with the Bulldogs allows Larson to return to both his hometown and to his alma mater.

“It was hard to pass up the opportunity to rejoin the Bulldog program,” Larson said. “Both my family and my wife’s family are in Duluth, so this gives us a chance to have the whole family together.

“At the same time, it’s really tough to leave Ohio State right now. The program has a bright future, with great student-athletes on campus and committed for the future. Steve is doing a great job moving the program in the right direction. I will miss getting to be a part of the program as it continues to progress.”

Larson, a native of Duluth, Minn., graduated from UMD in 1995. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, serving as a team captain in 1995. He and the squad won the 1992 WCHA title and he was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection, as well as the recipient of the team’s community service award as a senior. He skated in 133 games for UMD in his career, with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points. While on the team’s coaching staff, the Bulldogs won the 2011 NCAA Championship and the 2009 WCHA playoff title.