SLUH has announced Steve Walters as interim head coach for the varsity ice hockey team. Walters, an assistant coach for the team since 2017, brings extensive coaching experience to an already robust ice hockey program at SLUH.
"We are pleased to have Steve as our interim head coach," says SLUH Athletic Director Chris Muskopf '91. "His experience, passion for the sport and desire to create positive experiences for our hockey players will make an already strong program even stronger."
Earlier this month, Jack Behan, who served as varsity head coach from 2017-20, informed SLUH that he would not be able to continue to lead the program. Behan led the Jr. Bills to state championships in 2018 and 2019.
“Coach Behan's drive, ability to teach the sport of hockey, and care for SLUH and our students was evident from the beginning of his tenure and contributed to the accomplishments of the program, both on and off the ice,” says Muskopf. “We are very appreciative of Coach Behan's efforts and leadership and wish him the best as he steps away from our program.”
Walters’ experience includes stints with St. Louis Rockets AA as head coach, coaching director and president; St. Louis Blues AAA head coach; and Chesterfield Falcons Central States Development League head coach. In addition, he served as head coach for the SLUH JV ice hockey team from 2012-15, earning state championships at that level in 2012 and 2013. He is the father of two SLUH graduates and former ice hockey players (Nick ’13 and Brendan ‘15).
"I'm excited and humbled to be named the interim head coach at SLUH," says Walters. "It is a unique opportunity and I look forward to building upon the strong tradition of SLUH hockey.”