Named Women's National Program Scout
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tom Osiecki, who spent the 2008-09 season as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Select Team during its residency in Blaine, Minn., and most recently has been an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team, has been named a scout for the U.S. Women's National Program.
new role with USA Hockey
will primarily scout players from Western Collegiate Hockey Association
and College Hockey America NCAA programs, as well as high school players from around the region for inclusion on U.S. National Teams.
will remain based in Burnsville, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities.
has over 40 years of coaching experience, most recently with the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team.
multiple decades in hockey, Osiecki
has coached both boys' and girls' hockey as well as holding a National Hockey League scouting position.
After beginning his
coaching career in 1964 with the St. Agnes boys' team, Osiecki
started the Burnsville (Minn.) High School boys' program in 1966 and coached at BHS for 24 years.
From there, he took a position with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars as an NHL scout from 1990 to 1995 before delving into girlsâ€™ and womenâ€™s hockey.
coached the Burnsville High School girls' team from 1996-98 and started the St. Olaf (Minn.) College program, where he
coached from 2000-04.
returned to Burnsville to coach the girls' team from 2004-06.
In two seasons (2007-08, 2009-10) as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, Osiecki helped the Golden Gophers advance to the NCAA tournament each year.
During the 2008-09 season, when he
coached the post-collegiate women's residency program, Team USA went on to capture both the 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup and the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship.
Osiecki will begin his duties with USA Hockey at the start of the 2010-11 season.