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New Bemidji State head women’s hockey coach Jim Scanlan addresses the crowd at a press conference announcing his hiring Tuesday afternoon at BSU. Scanlan takes over for Steve Sertich, who retired in May after eight years as head coach. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Former Beaver goalie Jim Scanlan returns to coach BSU women’s team

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BEMIDJI — Jim Scanlan’s Bemidji State connections run deep. Familial, even.

Scanlan, 54, played goaltender for the Beaver hockey team from 1978-1982. His Beaver teams won the NAIA national championship twice and Scanlan was named an All-American twice playing for head coach R.H. “Bob” Peters.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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