After three seasons as the head men’s hockey coach at St. Olaf College, Mike Eaves has accepted a job as the head coach of the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), as announced on Tuesday morning.
“All of us with Ole Athletics wish Mike well in his new position,” said St. Olaf College Athletic Director Ryan Bowles. “From day one, Mike and his wife, Bethie, added so much to our campus community and they will be sorely missed. I am confident with our new on-campus arena and with the strength of our program we will attract a top candidate.”
During his three seasons at St. Olaf, Eaves’ teams went a combined 21-44-8 and 14-28-6 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). He coached four All-MIAC selections and five Honorable Mention All-MIAC honorees.
“Our three years at St. Olaf were as rich and meaningful as any point of our travels,” Eaves said. “The community of people were so amazing in every aspect and it was truly rewarding to be a part of the team that brought ice home to campus.”
Eaves was named St. Olaf’s head coach on May 27, 2016 after 14 seasons as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to the national title in 2006 and a national runner-up finish in 2010. His teams went 267-225-66 in Madison and won at least 20 games eight times.
In his playing days, Eaves was a two-time All-America selection at Wisconsin and remains the Badgers’ all-time leading scorer with 267 points. He was a member of the 1977 national championship team before going on to play seven seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and Calgary Flames.
The AHL is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). The league consists of 31 teams, with 27 based in the United States and four in Canada. In 2018-19, Cleveland advanced to the North Division Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs before falling to the Toronto Marlies in a best-of-seven series.
A national search for Eaves’ successor will begin immediately.