BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – July 2, 2018 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), through Commissioners Bill Robertson (Men's League) and Katie Million (Women's League), today announced that league veteran Dean Thibodeau has been named Operations and Administration Manager.
Thibodeau, who joins the Association office directly from Twin Cities-based Cargill, previously worked eight seasons in various operations roles with a trio of WCHA member institutions: St. Cloud State University (2008-14), the University of Wisconsin (2014-15) and the University of Minnesota (2015-17).
"We are thrilled to welcome Dean to the WCHA office and look forward to him having a tremendous impact in all areas of our Association," said Robertson and Million in a joint statement. "Dean's many years of on-campus, hockey operations experience will bring a fresh perspective, while his financial acumen, strategic vision and passion for the WCHA elevated him to the top of an impressive list of candidates. We believe Dean is the perfect addition to our staff and will play a key role in the continued success of the WCHA and our member institutions."
Most recently, Thibodeau served a two-year stint as the director of women's hockey operations at Minnesota, overseeing all non-coaching aspects of the program – including budgeting, video and travel planning – as the Golden Gophers won the 2016 national championship and advanced to the 2017 Frozen Four. Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, he spent the 2014-15 season on the other side of the "Border Battle" as the men's and women's video coordinator at Wisconsin. Thibodeau began his career with the St. Cloud State women's program as an undergraduate, advancing from video duties his first season to extensive involvement in operations, team travel, video, creative services and game management during the 2013-14 campaign. He also spent the summer of 2011 as an intern with USA Hockey, returning to assist in future years with operations and video coordination at several international tournaments. While at Cargill, Thibodeau has served as an associate credit analyst, building upon his four years (2007-11) as an accounting assistant for his father, a Certified Public Accountant based in Connecticut.
Upon his arrival to the State of Hockey in 2008, the Connecticut native earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from SCSU. Thibodeau and his fiancée, Hannah, currently reside in Minnetonka, Minn. Today marks his first official day with the WCHA office.