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Resch announced as new Alex boys hockey coach

District 206 officially announced the hiring of Alexandria's Ian Resch as the new varsity boys' hockey coach in a news release on Thursday.

Resch will replace former coach Scott Woods, who was not brought back after going 94-66-8 in six years at the helm of the Cardinal boys' program. Woods said he was told he had to re-apply for the position after stepping away from teaching to help his wife with their photography business. He recently applied for the Moorhead head-coaching position and was one of four finalists before former Moorhead graduate and St. Cloud State hockey player Jon Ammerman was named the Spuds' head coach earlier this week.

Resch has served as a coach and program director for the Alexandria Youth Hockey Program for more than 20 years. He grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada before coming to play collegiate hockey at Bemidji State University.

Resch has lived in Alexandria for more than 25 years since then. He was a head coach at the high school level in Morris for three years and served as an assistant with the Alexandria Blizzard in the NA3HL last winter. He also won a Division III national championship at Bemidji State in 1986 and was a team captain and All-American in 1988.

"I've had an interest on that [Alexandria] position for many years," Resch said when reach by phone this afternoon. "Sometimes, it just comes down to timing, and I guess it was my time. I really appreciate the fact that I'm getting the opportunity to give back. All my years at the youth level, my playing career and my experience with the Blizzard have really prepared me for this step into the high school role."

Resch will take over a team that went 11-14-1 during the 2012-2013 season. He said he likes the mix of young and veteran players he has coming back and believes they can be competitive in every game in his first year as the head coach.

"I really believe we've got some strong senior leadership," Resch said. "Not only leadership but good skill level, too. We're going to have a really good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors."

See more on this story in one of next week's issues of the Echo Press.