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Coach Collin Hesse returns to the Razorback Hockey Coaching Staff for the 2017-18 season as the Head Coach of the Division III team. He most recently served as the program’s Dallas-based Division I Scout. Coach Hesse began his coaching career during the 2012-13 season as the team’s Student Assistant Coach. After serving for three years in that capacity, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the 2015-16 Division III team.
Coach Hesse entered the coaching ranks after a successful fourteen year playing career, begun at the age of five in Plano, Texas. Over the course of his playing career, Coach Hesse played for several Dallas-area teams, including the Dallas Stars Select, DJHA Penguins, Alliance Bulldogs, and Dallas Scots. He also played for his high school, Plano West Senior High.
Among the many highlights in his youth hockey career, Coach Hesse earned the Unsung Hero award on his junior varsity team in the eighth grade and began playing varsity hockey during his freshman year in high school. Amidst balancing the competing demands of high school football, for which he played quarterback, Coach Hesse also helped his varsity hockey squad make the playoffs during his junior year. Then, in his senior year, Coach Hesse led his high school team–as captain–to a state championship. Along the way, he earned a trip to the conference all-star game and was likewise recognized as his team’s most valuable player.
Coach Hesse matriculated to the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2011. He earned a roster spot on the 11-12 University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team as a defenseman and immediately made a lasting impression. In addition to staking out playing time on the team’s power play and penalty kill units, Coach Hesse quickly established himself as reliable hard-working blueliner who led by example as a team-first player. Among several highlights during his thirteen game collegiate playing career, Coach Hesse scored a crucial goal against Grand Valley State University and assisted on a game-changing tally against Nebraska.
Although Coach Hesse unexpectedly suffered a career-ending injury in November of 2011, he immediately bounced back. He made himself indispensable to the Coaching Staff and his teammates by contributing his insights at practices, assisting during gameday operations, and continuing to support his teammates. His dedication to the program was on display throughout the 2012-13 season–his first as a coach–during which time he helped the team to an overall 27-9-1 finish. The Razorback hockey family is lucky to have Coach Hesse back for his seventh season as an Ice Hog and first as a Head Coach.