Thief River Falls’ incoming Junior A hockey team has a head coach. Kevin McCallum, the team’s general manager, announced that Cole Workman will be behind the bench when the Superior International Junior Hockey League expansion franchise begins play with the 2016-17 season.
The 25-year-old Workman is from Howell, Mich. He comes to Thief River Falls after stints as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey program at Adrian College in Leoni, Mich., and the men’s hockey program at Finlandia University in Hancock, Mich.
Adrian is a Division I program in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Finlandia is an NCAA Division III member.
Workman played four years of college hockey at Finlandia before stepping into the coaching ranks.
The naming of Workman as the Thief River Falls coach fits into the team’s operational goal of looking for a young coach who can use this stop as a stepping stone in his career, according to McCallum. “We believe we have hired the right up-and-coming coach to lead a new program,” he said. “Cole brings experience and energy to a very tough job. I know Cole will give us his best and believe he will be successful.”
Tim Bergland, who carries the title of team president, was also involved in the hiring process. “The whole process of bringing a junior hockey team to Thief River Falls and northwestern Minnesota has been exciting for me,” he said. “Now with a quality young man extremely excited to come to Thief River Falls and join this group starts putting the team’s identity together. He will be a great asset to the team and the area.”
The team will have a try-out camp in June lead to its training camp in September.