A key figure in St. Thomas ice hockey success for nearly 40 seasons as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Jeff Boeser (pronounced BESS-er) was named head coach in April 2010 following the retirement of 23-year head coach Terry Skrypek.
The 2019-20 campaign will mark his 10th season as the Tommie head coach, and he's been an integral part of UST's current streak of 37 consecutive winning seasons. He's guided the Toms to eight top-two MIAC finishes in his first nine seasons -- six championships, two seconds, and one tie for third place.
In his first nine seasons, Boeser has had one athlete receive CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction; six voted to Division III All-America teams; one National Player of the Year; and three Conference Player of the Year honorees. Boeser has been voted MIAC Coach of the Year three times this decade.
In his first season as head coach, Boeser led the Tommies to a second-place conference finish with a 9-5-2 record. He came back in 2011-12 with an MIAC championship team that ranked as high as No. 5 in the national polls. The Tommies finished 18-6-2 overall and lost 3-1 on the road in the NCAA playoffs to eventual champion St. Norbert. Boeser was named MIAC Coach of the Year after his Toms won 11 in a row and claimed the conference title by eight points.
In 2012-2013, Boeser led the Toms to their second conference crown (shared with St. John’s). St. Thomas (13-11-2 overall) would see its season come to a close in the MIAC playoff semifinals.
The 2013-2014 campaign would see Boeser and his players capture their third consecutive conference title and first MIAC playoff title since 2008. The Toms, who climbed as high as No. 2 in the national poll, suffered a 3-0 defeat to No. 4-ranked UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA playoff quarterfinals. The Toms won 11 of their last 13 games and built a conference win streak that peaked at 17. They broke a conference record for fewest goals allowed in a 16-game MIAC season.
In 2013-14, St. Thomas became just the second Division III institution to qualify all four of its men's and women's hockey and basketball teams into the NCAA playoffs in one season. Amherst (Mass.) did it in 2009 and 2012.
The 2014-15 men's hockey team won the MIAC regular season title but fell in the MIAC semifinals to the eventual MIAC playoff champion Hamline. Senior Drew Fielding received his second All-American honor and was named MIAC Player of the Year after sharing the same award in 2013-14.
The 2016-17 Tommies won the MIAC championship for the fifth time in six seasons. The Toms lost 3-2 to Augsburg in the conference playoff title game.
The 2017-18 Tommies won the MIAC championship for the sixth time in seven seasons as they won nine of the last final 11 regular-season contests. They lost in overtime in the conference playoffs.
St. Thomas hockey fans first met Boeser as the high-scoring No. 13 who brought the crowd to its feet in the 1970s. Twice he was named to the All-MIAC team, and was chosen in 1974 as the conference's Most Valuable Performer in 1974. He helped lead the Tommies to the NAIA national tournament his junior and senior years.
His 201 points (97 goals, 104 assists) still rank him third on the UST all-time career-scoring list and fifth on the same MIAC list.
After graduation in 1975, Boeser played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. He was also a member of the Finnish elite hockey league in Europe. In 1986, he was inducted into the St. Thomas Athletic Hall of Fame.
Prior to his head coach hiring, Boeser worked for more than 25 years on St. Thomas’ staff as the coordinator of the penalty-kill units and with defensemen.
He and his wife Lisa live in Waconia, and they have two adult children: Landon and Amber Sky.
Jeff Boeser Year-By-Year
2010-11-----14-10-2--------9-5-2 (tie 2nd)
2012-13-----13-11-2--------10-5-1 (tie 1st)
2018-19-----14-7-5---------8-3-5 (tie 3rd)
Totals/139-70-28 (.645)---101-32-20 (.725)