Charlie Burggraf named women's hockey assistant

University of Minnesota head women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson announced the hiring of Charlie Burggraf as an assistant coach. Burggraf replaces Joel Johnson, who left Minnesota following the 2003-04 championship season. His duties begin June 1.

The 2003-04 national champion Gophers return many key components next season, including Olympians and All-Americans Krissy Wendell and Natalie Dartwiz.

"I'm very excited to add Charlie to our coaching staff," Halldorson said.

"He will add a wealth of knowledge to our program through his experiences playing hockey, coaching hockey, and working in the business world. He is a family man with tremendous interpersonal skills and a creative approach to working with student-athletes. I look forward to working with him."

Prior to his hiring at Minnesota, Burggraf was the assistant men's Hockey coach at Bethel College last season. Before his stint as the assistant varsity coach, Burggraf was the junior varsity coach for Bethel.

"I am very excited about becoming a member of the Gopher Women's hockey team and working with coach Halldorson, her staff and team members as we seek to continue in the great tradition of Gopher athletics," Burggraf said.

Burggraf coached the Mounds View 12 & Under girls team as well as coaching the Harrison Park 13 & Under boys team. Burggraf, the son of long-time skating instructor Nancy Burggraf, helped in his mother's skating camp for 12 years.

A native of Roseau, Minn., and graduate of the University of North Dakota, Burggraf played for UND from 1975-79. A two-year captain, Burggraf scored 52 goals and 102 assists for 154 points and was a part of their NCAA runner-up team in 1979. After graduating from North Dakota, he played professional hockey in Duisburg, Germany for two assistant coach for UND.

In addition to coaching responsibilities, Burggraf is an organizational And leadership development professional. His most recent position was Vice President of Masterworks, Inc., a packaging service provider to Original equipment manufacturers and industrial distributors. He and his wife, Bethany, reside in Shoreview with their three children, Zak (19), Amy(17),and Nick (15).

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