Former Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey coach Mike Sertich will be recognized this summer in St. Paul as the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation’s 2021 Legend of College Hockey recipient.
Sertich, a native of Virginia, coached three Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners as head coach of the Bulldogs from 1982-2000. Tom Kurvers and Bill Watson won the award in back-to-back seasons in 1983-84 and 1984-85 and Chris Marinucci became the third winner in 1993-94. Three more players — Norm Maciver and Brett Hull in 1985-86 and Derek Plante in 1992-93 — were also finalists.
The Bulldogs won back-to-back WCHA regular and postseason titles in 1983-84 and 1984-85 — and another regular season title in 1992-93 — while also making back-to-back Frozen Four appearances under Sertich in 1984 and 1985, losing the 1984 NCAA national championship to Bowling Green State in four overtimes.
Sertich, who finished 350-328-44 in 18 seasons at UMD, was a three-time WCHA Coach of the Year and Spencer Penrose Award winner as national coach of the year in 1984.
After being replaced by Scott Sandelin as head coach at UMD in 2000, Sertich went on to coach Michigan Tech for two and a half seasons from 2000-03. A UMD Athletic Hall of Fame inductee in 2005 and DECC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee in 2017, Sertich was also a volunteer coach at St. Scholastica and served as coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.