Mike Eaves, who spent the last 14 seasons at Wisconsin, was named head men's hockey coach at St. Olaf on Friday.
Eaves was fired at Wisconsin on March after the Badgers won only 12 games in the previous two seasons. His overall record at Wisconsin was 267-225-76, including a national title in 2006 and consecutive conference titles in 2013 (WCHA) and 2014 (Big Ten).
St. Olaf is a Division III school that plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"Mike is a proven winner at every level he has coached and embodies everything our department and college stand for," said St. Olaf Athletic Director Ryan Bowles in a press release. "He is committed to our mission of preparing our student-athletes for life after college. The future is bright for Ole men's hockey and we are excited to welcome Mike and his wife Beth to the Ole family."
Eaves, who started his coaching career at Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1986, said in the release: "It's a unique situation to do something special. St. Olaf is truly committed to academics, it's in a great college town, and the campus community is very supportive."
St. Olaf, which has played in the aging Northfield Ice Arena for decades, will unveil plans and a campaign for an on-campus ice arena later this summer.