Scott Steffen, owner of Steffen Elite Hockey Training Camps and a 1997 alumnus
of Hamline University, has been named the Pipers’ head men’s hockey coach,
Director of Athletics Bob Beeman announced on Friday.
Steffen has established himself as one of the premier
hockey skating and strength coaches in the country over the past 13 years while
training some of the best hockey talent in the state. As owner and head skating
instructor of Steffen Elite Hockey Training Camps, he runs one of Minnesota’s
largest hockey training camps. Steffen has also trained several hundred
professional and collegiate players through Scott Steffen Hockey Training and
the Minnesota Super League professional summer hockey league. Additionally, he
has been a skating, strength, and conditioning coach for several NHL players,
including members of the Minnesota Wild.
Since 2001, Steffen has been the head strength and
conditioning coach for the prolific Hill-Murray High School boys’ hockey program
under his mentor, head coach Bill Lechner. The Pioneers made seven MSHSL state
tournament appearances – winning the championship in 2008 – while producing 17
NCAA Division I players and six NHL draft picks during that 11-year period.
Returning Hamline All-American senior forward, and captain, Brian Arrigoni is
also a product of Steffen and Lechner’s Hill-Murray teams.
Steffen has also been the head coach of the Minnesota
Blades Midget AAA hockey team since 2008. His team sent seven players to the
U.S. National Select 16 team this season alone, as well as having nine players
drafted into the USHL and winning 11 major tournament championships.
“Scott Steffen brings back an incredible depth in
experience and technical knowledge to his alma mater. His influence in the
Minnesota hockey community extends to all levels,” Beeman said. “His connection
with, understanding of, and passion for Piper hockey further endorses the
Hamline athletic department vision of building nationally-acclaimed programs
through excellence on and off the fields (or ice) of competition.”
He was a two-year captain and was thrice named to
All-MIAC lists as a forward when he played hockey for Hamline from 1993 to
“I am thrilled to come back and be a part of the Hamline
community, especially the hockey program. I appreciate Bob Beeman offering me
this opportunity to return to the Pipers in this capacity and look forward to
working with him and the athletic department staff,” Steffen said. “A Hamline
hockey player is an elite student-athlete and I want to share with our current
players how important and impressive it is to hold a degree from Hamline. Some
of my best, and most successful, friends are former Piper hockey players and
In discussing the roster that he inherits, Steffen added,
“We have a special group of young players who have been extremely supportive as
I go through this process of joining their team. I am excited to hit the ice
with them as we continue Hamline’s pursuit of a national
Steffen will be coaching the reigning MIAC champions on
familiar ice, as the men’s hockey team is moving to the Vadnais Heights Sports
Center for the 2011-12 campaign. The complex is also the home of Scott Steffen
Steffen earned his bachelor’s degree in international
business from Hamline in 1997. His six-year old twin sons, Luke and Landon, are
as active in youth hockey as their father. Steffen takes over his role at the
helm of the Pipers immediately.
Hamline University belongs to the NCAA Division III
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one of the most competitive
conferences in the nation. Hamline supports 19 intercollegiate athletic teams
for men and women. Find out more about Hamline athletics.