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In his first year as head coach of the Mavericks, Hastings was named WCHA Coach of the Year after leading MSU to a school all-time NCAA Division I-high 24 wins. The Crookston, Minn., native guided MSU to its first top-half league finish since 2007-08 and the Mavericks made their second-ever NCAA postseason tournament appearance. MSU achieved an all-time program best national ranking of #7 in the country Feb. 25, had a seven-game winning streak from Nov 23-Dec. 14 and during the course of the season, claimed wins over #2 Minnesota, #4 North Dakota and #15 Wisconsin. Under his guidance, the Mavericks had an all-time program-best 16 wins versus WCHA opponents. Hastings was named national coach of the year by College Hockey News March 27th and was a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award as the AHCA National Coach of the Year.
Hastings, who became the third coach in the history of the Maverick men's hockey program, arrived at MSU following a three-year stint as the associate head coach at Nebraska-Omaha. He also served as an assistant coach with the men's hockey program at the University of Minnesota for one season and before that had a 14-year run as head coach of Omaha of the United States Hockey League. The USHL's all-time winningest coach, Hastings compiled a 529-210-56 record with the Lancers, never had a losing season and led Omaha to three Clark Cup titles as the USHL's play-off champions. He was named USHL Coach of the Year three times and as the team's general manager, earned league GM of the Year honors five times.
A 1993 graduate of St. Cloud State, Hastings played two years for the Huskies (1986-87 and 1987-88) before a back injury ended his career.
Hastings and his wife, Jean Ann, reside in North Mankato with their daughter, Hannah, and son, Hudson.
A member of Maverick men's hockey teams from 1991-95, Blue was the head coach the Chisago Lakes boys high school program for three years (1996-99) and spent the 1999-00 season as an assistant coach/interim head coach of Bozeman of the America West Hockey League.
The East Grand Forks, Minn., native tallied three goals and 35 assists for 38 points in 90 career games with the Mavericks. A two-time team captain and two-time recipient of MSU's Unsung Hero award, he earned the Maverick Achievement Award as a senior scholar-athlete and was also a member of the MSU men's golf team. He is a 1996 MSU grad.
In addition to on-ice and recruiting responsibilities and working with the Maverick defensemen, Blue handles much of the men's hockey program administrative duties. He has also served on staffs at several USA Hockey select camps.
Blue, his wife Jen (MSU's women's cross country/track & Field head coach) and son Carter, reside in North Mankato.
Knott the 2008-09 campaign as the head coach and general manager of Sioux City of the United States Hockey League. He was an associate head coach for Des Moines for three years (2005-08) where he was part of a Buccaneer staff that earned a Clark Cup title (USHL play-off championship) in 2005-06. Prior to his time in Des Moines, Knott spent a pair of seasons (one as an assistant coach, one as head coach) of Fargo-Moorhead in the North American Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Jets earned a NAHL regular-season title with a 36-17-3 record, a West Division play-off championship and a runner-up finish at the Tier II national tournament in 2004-05.
Born and raised in Red Lake Falls, Minn., Knott played in the USHL with Lincoln in 1998-99 and was a forward for Bemidji State from 1999-2002 where he tallied 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points in 72 games for the Beavers. Knott earned a degree in physical education from BSU in 2002.
Along with his wife, Angie, daughter Baylee and son Jackson, Knott resides in Eagle Lake.