College season begins

Today, I am excited to begin my 15th season as goalie coach for the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team. I work for my older brother Mike, who is entering his 16th season behind the bench as the team’s head coach. Going into the season, Mike has a career record of 331-78-25 for a .791 winning percentage.

Coach Steve Carroll at practice in St. Peter.
Coach Steve Carroll at practice in St. Peter.

During the season, I usually make it down to St. Peter once a week for a two-hour goalie development session. I then rejoin the team on weekends to be on the bench for the games. We have three goalies on the team this season.

In addition to our competitive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule, we also play a challenging non-conference schedule against some of the top teams in NCAA Division III women’s hockey.

The non-conference schedule includes a trip to New York in late November to face-off against the defending National Champions from Plattsburgh State.

We also play UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point which also played in the National Tournament last season.

I am looking forward to a good season for the Gusties.