Holy Family hires Erik Westrum to lead the Fire Boys Hockey Program
Victoria, MN, May 14, 2021 - 1:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Erik Westrum as the school’s new head boys hockey coach. Westrum most recently served as the head coach at Southwest Christian – Richfield, a program he helped start in 2017, and where he was named Section 2A coach of the year in 2020. Westrum also currently serves as a Minnesota Hockey High-Performance coach and evaluator and is the Director of Business and Operations at Breakaway Academy, a private school for boys and girls in grades 1-8 with campuses in Eden Prairie, Chaska, and Woodbury.
The son of professional hockey player Pat Westrum, Erik’s playing career began at Apple Valley High School, where he posted a hat trick in the 5-4, five-overtime win over Duluth East to clinch the 1996 state championship. Westrum was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Draft but remained at the University of Minnesota. He played for four seasons and earned his bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Westrum retired in 2012 after an 11-year professional playing career, which featured stints with the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also had an accomplished career in the AHL, earning his way into the AHL All-Star Game in 2005-2006 (Co-Leading Scorer and Co-MVP) and 2006-2007. He was a 2004 Men’s National Team member, where his game-winning shootout goal clinched a bronze medal for Team USA. Westrum finished his career in the Swiss League, where he earned MVP honors in 2007-2008. In addition to his exploits on the ice, Westrum was also named AHL Community Service Man of the Year for three consecutive seasons, in 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2003-04.
Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is thrilled to add such a strong leader and person of integrity to serve as the Fire Boys Hockey program director. Tibesar said, “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Erik and his family into the Holy Family community. His experience playing and teaching the game at an extremely high level brings tremendous value to our hockey program, making him an ideal fit to lead our program into the future. However, what really sets him apart is his commitment to developing young men and helping them grow in character and faith. Those traits will be truly invaluable to the program, school, and community moving forward.”
Westrum officially begins his work at Holy Family on June 7 with the summer conditioning and training programs.
Additional information about Erik Westrum:
University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – BA in Business Management
University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management – MBA in Business Management
Nick Tibesar, HFCHS Activities Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Westrum, Head Boys Hockey Coach – email@example.com