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Players show support for Idalski

When the list of UND women's hockey coaching candidates emerged, defenseman Kelsey Fletcher was intrigued by one name in particular. Brian Idalski, who spent last season as a St. Cloud State assistant, had recruited Fletcher a few years ago when ...

When the list of UND women's hockey coaching candidates emerged, defenseman Kelsey Fletcher was intrigued by one name in particular.

Brian Idalski, who spent last season as a St. Cloud State assistant, had recruited Fletcher a few years ago when he was the head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. And several of Fletcher's friends went on to play for Idalski.

"All of them have had nothing but great things to say," said Fletcher, who decided against Stevens Point to pursue a dream of playing Division I hockey. "They say he's a great coach and that he cares a lot about the women's program. He cares about them as a team, too - more than just hockey-wise."

Idalski was officially introduced as the second coach of the UND women's program Thursday afternoon in the lobby of Ralph Engelstad Arena. He replaces Shantel Rivard, who was fired in December.

Most of the Sioux, including last season's assistant Kami Cote, were present at the press conference, saying they were there to lend their support to the new coach.

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Fletcher, who transferred from Clarkson before last season, may be more familiar with Idalski than most because of her friends who have played under him.

Fletcher said she received a text message Thursday morning from Stevens Point sophomore forward Jenna Daggit, a longtime friend, that said "You got a great coach."

"Jenna has said nothing but good things about him, so I was intrigued when I saw he was one of the candidates," Fletcher said.

The rest of the team got to know Idalski during his on-campus interview, which took place March 29. They had a meeting and discussed the future of the program.

Athletic director Tom Buning said the feedback he received from players after that sit-down session was positive.

"The players were able to write down comments for us about each candidate," Buning said. "In his case, Brian got a resounding vote of confidence from the current players. If you're in any way fake or false, the student-athletes in this sport would be the first to detect that. He came off as a true, genuine, caring, concerned and hard-nosed coach."

Since being announced as coach, Idalski has not been able to formally meet with the team, but he is expected to soon. Idalski, who will consider current staff members when picking assistants, will be out of town recruiting this weekend.

"We wish practice started tomorrow," Fletcher said. "Coaching is such a big part of the program. We are all really excited and giddy like little kids. The team is ready to get going."

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