St. Cloud State University Director of Athletics Heather Weems has announced the promotion of Jinelle Siergiej to associate head coach and the hiring of Molly Engstrom as an assistant coach for the SCSU women’s hockey team.
The staff changes follow the recent naming of Steve Macdonald as the Huskies’ new head coach at SCSU. Macdonald was promoted after serving as the Huskies’ assistant coach from 2014 to 2019.
Both Siergiej and Engstrom have extensive coaching and playing resumes that includes Olympic and World Championship experiences along with playing collegiate hockey in the WCHA at the University of Wisconsin.
A two-time member of the United States women’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics, Engstrom won a bronze medal with Team USA in 2006 at the Turin Winter Games and a silver medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Games. She received the Best Defenseman award at the 2010 Winter Games.
A member of Team USA at six IIHF World Women’s Championships from 2004 to 2011, Engstrom helped Team USA win IIHF World Championships in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011, along with silver medals in 2004 and 2007.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the SCSU staff and team,” Engstrom said. “I can’t thank Steve (Macdonald) and Jinelle (Siergiej)enough for the opportunity, and for all of the people who reached out and helped me out during this job search. I’m excited to be back in and a part of the WCHA, and I’m really looking forward to the future here at St. Cloud State. ”
She most recently served as a USA Hockey Developmental Scout since January 2019 and a IIHF U18 High Performance Camp Coach/Ambassador since April 2016.
Engstrom played and coached in the Swedish Women’s Professional Hockey League (SDHL) from 2016 to 2018, and helped her team Djurgarden IF win the SDHL championship in 2017. She served as the girls’ varsity hockey head coach and assistant athletic director at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. from 2014-2016.
In addition to her professional playing and coaching experience in Sweden, Engstrom played professional hockey with teams in Minneapolis, Toronto and Boston in the CWHL and NWHL from 2007 to 2013. She helped her Brampton-Canadette Thunder team win the CWHL title in 2008 and the Minnesota Whitecaps win the Western Women’s Hockey League crown in 2009.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Engstrom played collegiate hockey in the WCHA with the Badgers. She received First Team All-America honors in college and was also named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and was selected as a Patty Kazmaier Award top 10 finalist in 2005.
She went on to receive a Masters of Sports Administration from the Russian International Olympic University in 2014.
A native of Siren, Engstrom participated in track and field and golf in high school and won a Wisconsin high school league state discus title in track and field during her prep career.
“Jinelle (Siergiej) has been such an integral member of the St. Cloud State Women’s hockey team for the past five seasons,” Macdonald said. “She has positively impacted the program through her knowledge and dedication for assisting the student-athletes’ growth both on and off the ice. Her tireless work ethic and passion to better those around her will only propel SCSU women’s hockey forward. To be able to continue to work alongside her is truly an honor.”
“Huskies Hockey is thrilled to welcome Molly (Engstrom) to the family. She is an individual that brings extensive experience as an athlete along with a wealth of hockey knowledge. After talking with her, it was easy to see that she will quickly connect with our staff and players. Molly will provide immediate contributions to the program with a fresh perspective and her ability to work with our student-athletes on a personal level in all aspects of their development. We could not be more excited to have Molly come onboard.”
“I am excited for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to learn from such accomplished individuals as Jinelle and Molly. We’re fortunate to have such inspirational role models as part of the fabric of Huskies Hockey and the St. Cloud community!”
Siergiej most recently completed her fifth season as an assistant coach with the St. Cloud State women’s hockey team. She played collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-08 and gained All-WCHA honors in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Siergiej was part of two national team titles at UW in 2007 and 2008 and left the campus as the Badgers’ all-time leader in goals, game winning goals and power play goals.
Siergiej represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and brought home a silver medal with Team USA that year. She also played for Team USA and earned a silver medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, and was part of the Four Nation’s tournament with Team USA in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
“I am honored and excited to continue to work hard for our program here at SCSU,” Siergiej said. “Although titles have changed, I continue to be committed in making this the best experience both on and off the ice for our players. I am thrilled to be coaching with Molly (Engstrom) and for the exceptional hockey experience and knowledge she is bringing to our players. We share experiences on and off the ice that will be beneficial for our program and the future here at St. Cloud State University.”
Prior to her arrival at SCSU, Siergiej served as the head coach of the girls’ team at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisc. and was an assistant coach at Robert Morris University during the 2013-14 season. A resident of St. Cloud, Siergiej is married to Mike Siergiej and they have two sons Colden and Rory.
The Huskies will open play in 2019-20 with an exhibition game at home against the University of Regina on Sept. 28, 2019, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. For complete information on tickets for any SCSU home games, please visit www.scsutickets.com.