Strobel replaces Mike Randolph who served three years at the helm

Mark Strobel served as an associate head coach at the University of Wisconsin. He played college hockey at Wisconsin and is a 1991 Hill-Murray graduate where he was captain of the 1991 state championship team.

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., May 2, 2024Saint Thomas Academy announced today that its next head hockey coach will be Mark Strobel, who has coached at the junior and collegiate levels for more than a decade and previously played for the New Jersey Devils’ minor league teams, Team USA, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers and the Hill Murray Pioneers.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Strobel to the Saint Thomas Academy community,” said Brian Ragatz ’98, president of Saint Thomas Academy.  “He has a championship pedigree and next-level experience, which will bolster our hockey program and benefit our student-athletes, particularly those with aspirations to compete beyond high school.”

In addition to being the head hockey coach, Strobel will have a regular presence on campus, working in advancement, admissions and alumni relations to build relationships with Cadets past, present and future.

Strobel most recently served five years as associate head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s hockey program, helping the team capture its first Big Ten regular-season title – its first in 21 years – during the 2020-21 season. Prior to that, he was associate head coach for Ohio State for two years, helping the Buckeyes reach the Big Ten tournament semifinals each year and laying the foundation for the Buckeyes’ appearance in the Frozen Four in 2018. Strobel previously coached for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the USHL’s Twin Cities Vulcans, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado College.

Strobel played four years of college hockey for UW-Madison, serving as team captain in both his junior and senior years. The Badgers reached the NCAA tournament each of his four years, including in 1992 when the team played in the Frozen Four and finished runner up. In 1995, his team won the WCHA title and Strobel was named honorable mention All-WCHA and secured a spot on the all-tournament team. He also won Wisconsin’s Fenton Kelsey Jr. Most Competitive Award that year. In 1993, he helped Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Following college, Strobel was signed by the New Jersey Devils and spent two years with the club’s minor league affiliates.

Strobel is a member of USA Hockey, the Christian Business Men’s Connection, the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NHLCA, and Hockey Ministries International. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from UW-Madison in 1996.

About Saint Thomas Academy
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