Curt Giles behind the bench Monday night where he earned his 500th win as Edina’s coach in a 4-1 win over St. Louis Park. Giles began his tenure at Edina in 1999. PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

Edina coach becomes 18th in state history to reach 500-win milestone

by Bryan Zollman

One would be hard pressed to find someone who has been involved in as many games as Edina Head Coach Curt Giles.

The former North Star played 14 years in the NHL which included 895 games. He has coached 688 games over 18 years at the high school level, and on Monday became the 18th coach in the state’s history to achieve 500 wins.

Edina defeated St. Louis Park Monday 4-1 to improve to 3-0 on the season. They finally solved St. Louis Park goaltender Bennett Anderson 11 minutes in when Quintin Schaefer scored for a 1-0 lead. They added two second-period goals by John Halverson and Jackson Nevers and took a 4-0 lead in the third on a goal by Ryan Flaherty.

Giles joins an exclusive club of 17 other coaches who have reached 500 wins, including active coaches Mike Randolph at ST. Thomas Academy and formerly head coach fo Duluth East (680), Hill-Murray’s Bill Lechner (595), Benilde-St. Margaret’s Ken Pauly (565), and Woodbury’s Wes Bolin (526).

Giles is in his 25th season as head coach at Edina and has led the Hornets to 14 state tournaments and four Class AA titles (2010, 2013, 2014, 2019).

Minnesota HS Boys Coaches Career Wins

CoachTeamW-L-T
Lorne GrossoRochester Mayo707-442-31
Roy NystromAlbert Lea705-502-24
Mike RandolphDuluth East/STA680-226-35
Willard IkolaEdina616-149-38
Jeff LinquistBLM Jefferson/Blake599-323-33
Bill LechnerHill-Murray595-252-35
Jim O’NeillCretin-Derham Hall593-316-41
Tony SarslandElk River588-189-26
Larry RossInternational Falls566-169-21
Ken PaulyBenilde-St. Margaret’s565-277-34
Lee SmithEden Prairie547-223-40
Bruce PlanteHermantown547-197-23
Tom SaterdalenBloomington Jefferson545-167-21
Mark LoahrTotino-Grace538-335-31
Cliff ThompsonEveleth534-26-9
Gordy GenzRoseville529-261-23
Wes BolinWoodbury526-419-46
Curt Giles Edina500-160-28

BOLD = Active Coaches

 

Curt Giles Playing Career

1973-74Humboldt BroncosSJHLStatistics Unavailable
1974-75Humboldt BroncosSJHLStatistics Unavailable
1975-76U. of Minnesota-DuluthWCHA345172276
1976-77U. of Minnesota-DuluthWCHA3712374964
1977-78U. of Minnesota-DuluthWCHA3411364762
1978-79U. of Minnesota-DuluthWCHA388455363
1979-80Oklahoma City StarsCHL424242835
1979-80Minnesota North StarsNHL3727931-91224610
1980-81Minnesota North StarsNHL67522275681914514
1981-82Minnesota North StarsNHL7431215871540002
1982-83Minnesota North StarsNHL7622123701150226
1983-84Minnesota North StarsNHL70622285921613425
1984-85Minnesota North StarsNHL7752530493900017
1985-86Minnesota North StarsNHL69621273019501110
1986-87Minnesota North StarsNHL1103342
1986-87New York RangersNHL612171950350006
1987-88New York RangersNHL1300010-5
1987-88Minnesota North StarsNHL591121366-28
1988-89Minnesota North StarsNHL765101577250004
1989-90Minnesota North StarsNHL741121348370116
1990-91Minnesota North StarsNHL70410144831010116
1991-92Canadian National TeamIntl3136937
1991-92Canada Olympic TeamIntl81016
1991-92St. Louis BluesNHL131128-331120
1992-93St. Louis BluesNHL4804440-230002
NHL Totals8954319924273310361622118