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Coaching Staff

Mike Gibbons
Assistant Coach

Mike Gibbons will begin his 11th season as an assistant coach at SCSU in 2017-18.
 
Gibbons previously served as the head boys’ hockey coach at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. from 1997 to 2007.  In his coaching career that spans more than 25 years, Gibbons has had the opportunity to coach at all levels of the game including high school, juniors, college and professional.

Gibbons is a graduate of Bemidji State University, where he was a standout collegiate player for the Beavers from 1975 to 1979.  He gained All-America notice in 1978 and 1979 and helped BSU win a national title in 1979.  He went on to receive his Master’s degree from Bemidji State in 1989. He started his coaching career at Bemidji State as an assistant in 1981.  Gibbons then served as the BSU head coach during the 1982-83 season, during which time he was named the NHCA Conference Coach of the Year and the College Division National Coach of the Year.

Gibbons moved to Northern Michigan University in 1983, and served as an assistant coach with the Wildcats’ hockey program until 1988.  He went on to serve as an assistant coach at WCHA powers Colorado College (1988 to 1990) and the University of Denver (1990 to 1994). After leaving Denver, Gibbons worked for one year as the head coach for the Langley Thunder in the BCJHL.

From 1995 to 1997, Gibbons moved into the professional ranks as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Bandits – the Anaheim Ducks’ top affiliate in the AHL. Gibbons returned to Minnesota to take over as head coach at Eastview High School, when that school started up its boys’ hockey program in 1997.  Since that time, Gibbons has gone on to earn Minnesota State High School League Section 5 Coach of the Year honors in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

In 2006, Gibbons served as an assistant coach for the USA Junior National Team, which placed fourth at the World Junior Tournament in Vancouver, B.C.  In 1993, he was a co-coach with Scott Owens for the USA Select Team and he has coached numerous USA Hockey Select 17 teams during his career.

Gibbons and his wife Nancy have three children, Sean, Kelly and Shannon.


Nick Oliver
Assistant Coach

Nick Oliver joined the SCSU staff in 2018 as an assistant coach.  A former team captain and forward for the Huskies, Oliver most recently served over the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL.

Oliver played in 145 career games during his career at SCSU.  He served as a team captain for the Huskies in 2014-15 and earned Academic All-Conference notice three times during his collegiate career.  He was a 2009 NHL draft pick of the Nashville Predators.

A 2015 graduate of St. Cloud State, Oliver was named the NCHC’s Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2015.  In his career, Oliver scored seven goals and 12 assists at St. Cloud State.  He helped lead the Huskies to a first place finish in the 2012-13 WCHA regular season along with an NCAA Division I Midwest Region title in 2013 and a trip to the 2013 NCAA Division I Frozen Four.  As a junior, Oliver was part of the SCSU squad that captured the inaugural NCHC regular season championship in 2013-14.

A graduate of Roseau High School, Oliver was part of teams at SCSU that gained three consecutive bids to the NCAA Division I tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Oliver went on to join  Scott Owen’s coaching staff with the Sioux Falls Stampede and served with that squad as an assistant coach from 2015 to 2018.


T.J. Jindra
Interim Coordinator of Hockey and Video Operations

T.J. Jindra will begin his first year as the interim Coordinator of Hockey and Video Operations at St. Cloud State University in 2018-19.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and former collegiate hockey player for the Irish from 2003 to 2007, Jindra most recently served as the Director of Youth Programming and Development with the Madison Capitols and also served as an associate head coach and assistant general manager with the Madison Capitols (USHL) from 2016 to 2017.

Jindra will replace Matt Chapman as SCSU's Coordinator of Hockey and Video Operations.  Chapman recently was named the interim Associate Athletic Director, Athletics Revenue and University Ticketing at St. Cloud State University.

Prior to his time helping build the USHL franchise in Madison, Jindra served for one season as an assistant head hockey coach at the University of St. Thomas in 2015-16.  He helped the Tommies gain a second place finish in the MIAC standings during that season.

From 2011-15, Jindra was an assistant hockey coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.  He worked with all areas of the program at UAA including recruiting, hockey operations and video coordination.  In his third season at UAA, the Seawvolves posted their first winning season in 20 years.

Jindra joined the college coaching ranks as a volunteer assistant hockey coach at the University of Notre Dame during the 2010-11 season and prior to that he began his hockey coaching career as an assistant prep hockey coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's Preparatory High School from 2008 to 2010.

A graduate of Burnsville High School in Burnsville, Minn., Jindra played junior hockey with the Omaha Lancers (USHL) from 2001 to 2003.  He served as a team captain at Omaha in 2002-03 and scored 25 goals and 47 assists during his career in the USHL.

Jindra went on to play for Notre Dame from 2003 to 2007.  He was a team captain for the Irish for two seasons and helped Notre Dame win the CCHA regular season title and CCHA tournament title in 2007, and advance to the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2007.

He earned Notre Dame's Charles "Lefty" Smith Coaches Award, Student Leadership Award and Francis Patrick O'Connor Award in 2007.  In four seasons at Notre Dame, Jindra scored 12 goals and 24 assists during his college playing career.


Jeremiah Minkel
Hockey Equipment Manager

Jeremiah Minkel is a tested veteran in the SCSU equipment room.  He begins his 18th season as the team's equipment manager on a full-time basis at SCSU in 2016-17.  He serves as the director of equipment operations for both the men's and women's hockey teams at SCSU, and he also oversees the entire SCSU hockey equipment room staff.  His duties include equipment procurement, locker room organization for both home and away games and complete maintenance of the team's equipment.  He is widely recognized as one of the top skate technicians in the NCHC and WCHA, and his work has helped several SCSU players advance to the NHL - including Ryan Malone, Tyler Arnason, Jeff Finger, Tim Conboy, Andreas Nodl, Matt Hendricks, Ben Hanowski, Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc, Andrew Gordon, Oliver Lauridsen, Joe Motzko and others.  A graduate of SCSU, Minkel hails from nearby New London, Minn. and he attended New London-Spicer H.S.  Minkel enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.