By Rob LaPlante
Crow River News Sports
The first and only head coach of the Rogers boys’ varsity hockey team officially has stepped down.
After 10 seasons, former Royals head coach Tim Marchand officially resigned on June 28 and first-year Activities Director Dan Ohlgren said a search for a new coach is currently taking place.
“We are hopeful to have the new coach in place by July 4,” Ohlgren said. “The position is currently open and the deadline is June 24. So far we have had a handful express interest.”
Marchand leaves the Royals with an overall record of 147-106-16 and led his team to four Mississippi 8 conference titles. He helped guide Rogers to winning seasons in seven of his 10 years.
Marchand said the decision to step down was a difficult one, but a decision he leaves with no regrets.
“This gives me more time to be a dad and a spectator,” said Marchand, who has a son (Spencer) that will be a senior on next year’s squad.
Speculation that the Royals move to Class AA next season, where they will compete with the usual powers Blaine, Maple Grove and Centennial in Section 5AA were immediately dismissed as possible reasons for his resignation.
“That had nothing to do with his decision. In fact, he was actually revved up for the move,” Ohlgren said.
Marchand was quick to point out that his decision had nothing to do with outside distractions.
“I stepped down,” he said. “There’s never an easy way to step away. I took some time to think about it, but I can say I have been fortunate to be with Rogers since the beginning.”
Rogers will compete next year as the smallest enrolled Class AA boys’ hockey school.
In 10 years as head coach, Marchand and the Royals never made the state tournament, but appeared in two Class A section finals – both times losing out to Hermantown.
Marchand also helped develop the school and conference’s only two Division-I hockey players in Nick Jensen (2006-08) and Jesse Ramsey (2007-09). Jensen recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings after a stellar three-year career at St. Cloud State University. Jensen was named the WCHA Defenseman of the Year. Junior defenseman Travis Brown is also a D-I recruit of Michigan Tech.
“He got us to where we wanted to be in his 10 years,” Ohlgren said.