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Nick Oliver Named Assistant Coach at St. Cloud State University

05/03/2018, 7:45am CDT
By Jim Olander, Sioux Falls Stampede

Former Sioux Falls assistant coach headed back to alma mater.

Sioux Falls Stampede Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting Nick Oliver has been hired by St. Cloud State University (NCHC) as an assistant coach. Oliver was a former team captain and forward for the Huskies from 2011 to 2015.


Oliver spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach under Scott Owens and played a key role in molding the 2017-18 Stampede team that finished with 32 wins and the fifth best record in the USHL. He was also the Stampede’s main scout for the past three seasons. 


Oliver joined the Stampede in 2015 after skating four years at St. Cloud State. This past season, Oliver served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Junior Select Team at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia. He helped guide Team USA to a Silver Medal at the event. 


"We couldn’t be happier for Nick,” said Stampede general manager and head coach Scott Owens. “We are excited for him to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater and begin his college coaching career. Nick played a huge role in recruiting and securing a majority of Stampede players the past three years and did an excellent job with on ice coaching as well. He will be missed, but we are proud and appreciative of all he accomplished while with the Herd.”


A 2015 graduate of St. Cloud State, Oliver was named the NCHC's Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2015.  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. Prior to his collegiate career, the Roseau, MN native played for the Fargo Force from 2008-11.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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