Former University of Minnesota-Crookston football and men’s hockey coach Scott Oliver was announced Thursday, June 8 as a member of the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame.
Oliver, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native, began his UMC coaching career heading the men’s hockey team from 1987-98. In that time, he led the squad to consecutive NJCAA National Championships in 1992-93 and 1993-94, including a 26-0-1 mark in the latter season. Oliver headed the hockey team through its transition from NJCAA to NAIA.
From 1998-2002, Oliver coached the UMC football team. Between coaching men’s hockey and football, Oliver amassed a 204-49-4 career record.
Oliver continued coaching at the high school level, leading Roseau to three state tournament appearances and a state title in 2007.
Oliver has previously served as East Grand Forks High School football head coach. He is currently an assistant coach with the EGF hockey team, and has helped lead the team to back-to-back Minnesota Class A Championships in 2014 and 2015. He also teaches physical education for the EGF School District and is involved with the High School Elite League as a coach for the Great Plains team.
Oliver’s wife, Denise, is the principal at Washington Elementary in Crookston. Their son, Nick, was a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and Team Captain for the St. Cloud State hockey team. Nick graduated from SCSU in 2015.
Scott Oliver joins fellow former UMC hockey coach Gary Warren as members of the NJCAA Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. Warren was inducted in 2002 for his work as head coach at Minot State University-Bottineau (now known as Dakota College at Bottineau).
Oliver becomes one of 14 members of the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is joined by six other 2017 inductees.
NJCAA Ice Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame
Matt Alvey – Hudson Valley Community College (N.Y.) (2017)
Frank Catani – Hibbing Community College (Minn.) (2000)
Craig Chamberlain – Monroe Community College (N.Y.) (2017)
Ralph Galanti, Jr. – Erie Community College (N.Y) (2002)
Tim Gerrish – North Country Community College (N.Y.) (2005)
Dan Huntley – Rainy River Community College (Minn.) (2015)
Terry Martin – SUNY Canton (N.Y.) (2000)
Scott Oliver – Minnesota Crookston (Minn.) (2017)
Gary Rost – Erie Community College (N.Y.) (2017)
Travis Rybchinski – Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.) (2017)
Herb Salberg – College of DuPage (Ill.) (2000)
George Schlieff – Rainy River Community College (Minn.) (2000)
Earl Utter – SUNY Morrisville (N.Y.) (2007)
Gary Warren – Minot State University-Bottineau (N.D.) (2002)