Concordia, Minn. Names NA3HL Coach Former Hamline Olimb New Bench Manager for Cobbers Men’s College Hockey Team – College Hockey


Concordia (Minn.) announced Monday that Kirk Olimb has been named the new head coach of Concordia’s men’s hockey program.

Olimb, who served as head coach and general manager of the NA3HL’s Willmar Warhawks, becomes the sixth head coach for the Cobbers program since the 1967-68 season.

“Kirk’s success as a coach, player and student-athlete played a significant role in the committee’s decision,” Concordia athletic director Rachel Bergeson said in a statement. “His familiarity with MIAC, NCAA Division III and the commitment it takes to excel at a high level made him a perfect candidate for the position.”

Olimb has guided the Warhawks to playoff appearances in each of the past two seasons and last year helped the Warhawks win a franchise-record 32 games in the regular season.

Prior to his tenure at Willmar, Olimb served as an assistant coach at Hamline for the 2018-19 season.

“One of the main things that drew me to this job was the fact that you can be part of a successful program,” Olimb said. “Concordia is an exceptional college with a great hockey program, and I look forward to continuing to build the team. The experience I gained at Hamline and Willmar will help me develop student-athletes, on and off the ice. There’s a lot of overlap with where I’ve been in my hockey journey, so I can understand what players have to go through to get to that level.

Olimb’s roots and experience in hockey go back to his high school playing days where he helped Warroad High School win the Minnesota State High School Class A Championship in 2005. Olimb attended Hamline, where he was doing part of the 2011 team that won the MIAC Regular Season Championship, captured the program’s first-ever Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.

Not only was Olimb successful as a player, coach and general manager, he excelled in studies and in his pre-coaching profession as a lawyer. Olimb graduated magna cum laude in Legal Studies and Psychology from Hamline in 2013. During his student-athlete career, he was a three-time MIAC All-Conference Academic Award winner.

“Kirk’s impressive student-athlete background will be a great asset to Concordia athletes,” said Bergeson. “He understands the struggles today’s athletes go through balancing athletics, academics, and other extracurricular activities.”

After earning his undergraduate degree at Hamline, Olimb graduated with honors summa cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2016. Olimb then spent two years as an associate attorney for the law firm McEllistrem , Fargione PA in Minneapolis.

“Being a student-athlete in college means you have to love the game and have a passion for what you do,” Olimb said. “To compete at a high level and succeed in the classroom, it takes hard work and commitment. I am excited to help student-athletes achieve their goals on the ice and in their future careers. In the end, the relationships you build with student-athletes is what matters most. »

Olimb will begin his head coaching duties immediately.

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