Scanlon attributes a lot of his coaching success to collegiate hockey mentor Bob Peters at Bemidji State and working summer hockey camps with the legendary Herb Brooks. He was an All-America goalie under Peters and helped the Beavers to two NAIA national championships.
“Peters was a great motivator,” Scanlon said. “He knew how to get the most out of each individual player. He turned average players into very good ones.”
He gained his appreciation for work ethic from Brooks, who “worked his players to death,” Scanlon said. “A lot of guys didn’t like playing for him, but they respected what he did for them afterwards.”
Scanlon was named Apple Valley’s ringette coach in 1992 and coached the Eagles to state championships in 1995 and 1998. Both of their state final victories were via shutout. They blanked South St. Paul 2-0 in 1995 and Hibbing/Chisholm/Nashwauk-Keewatin 1-0 in overtime in 1998.
“I had a lot of fun in 1997-98,” Scanlon said. “Winning state championships in back-to-back seasons [soccer in the fall and hockey in the winter] was really special.”
Others’ view of Scanlon
Danny Storlien first came across Scanlon during his soccer-playing days at Park of Cottage Grove, and has since coached against him at Bloomington Jefferson. Apple Valley beat Storlien’s Wolfpack squad 4-1 for its second state championship in 1988.
“Chuck is very charismatic,” Storlien said. “He is a great motivator.”
Eagles senior captain Kevin Conway said, “He gets every one of his players fired up to play. The one thing I learned the most from him is never quit, now matter how the odds are stacked against you. That goes for the classroom as well as a game. He always wants you giving 100 percent.”
Chris Lee has served as an assistant coach under Scanlon in both the boys’ soccer and girls’ hockey programs. He has seen firsthand the kind of rapport Scanlon has with his players.
“He makes each and every kid feel like they are a big part of the team,” Lee said. “He wants each of them to feel like they are part of something very special. That is unique.”
As is his climb to the top of his profession.
“To win that many state championships, and over the time period he did it, is impressive,” Storlien said. “He built a great tradition at Apple Valley.”