NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Former Bemidji State assistant men’s hockey coach Cole Workman has been named interim head coach for the St. Olaf College men’s hockey program, Oles athletic director Ryan Bowles announced Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Division III St. Olaf had been without a head coach since June when Mike Eaves stepped down after three seasons in charge of the program to assume head coaching duties with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters. Eaves had previously spent 14 seasons coaching Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to a national title in 2006.

Workman spent the 2018-19 season on the Beavers’ coaching staff. During his time at BSU, Workman conducted video breakdown for all home and away games, assisted head coach Tom Serratore with all video preparations for the week, was the team's goaltending coach and helped with player development.

Before his time in Bemidji, Workman was the head coach and director of player personnel for the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

A 2015 graduate of Finlandia University, Workman played four years of hockey for the Lions and was a three-time Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team honoree. He then worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater before becoming an assistant coach for the Adrian College women’s hockey program in 2015-16, helping the Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.