ST CLOUD — St. Cloud State University Athletics Director Heather Weems has been named commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The university announced the news Thursday afternoon.
Weems has been athletics director at SCSU since 2012. She succeeds Josh Fenton in the NCHC commissioner role; he stepped down following the 2021-22 season.
“It’s an opportunity for me to engage with all of our membership institutions in a different sort of way, and ensure that the strength of hockey remains at the forefront of our institutions,” Weems told the St. Cloud Times on Thursday. “It’s a new look and a new opportunity and way to engage in college hockey and Division I athletics.”
Weems served as the chair of the NCHC Athletic Council last season and has been a member of the NCHC’s Student-Athlete Well-Being Task Force since it was formed in 2019.
The SCSU men’s hockey program has advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four twice under Weems’ leadership, including the program’s first national championship game appearance in 2021. The school has won five Division II national wrestling championships since 2015. With Weems as athletics director, the school has earned 28 team conference titles.
Weems brought Brett Larson in to coach the men’s hockey program in 2018 following the departure of Bob Motzko. Larson is the third coach in the Huskies’ Division I history.
“St. Cloud State has meant the world to me … it is certainly a bittersweet moment for me, we’ve accomplished a ton,” Weems said. “St. Cloud State has been such an incredible leadership and growth opportunity for me. I’ve been so committed to this community, and it’s where I raised my family.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience I’ve had,” she continued. “It’s an emotional time, because this place means so much to me.”
Weems will remain in St. Cloud, while the league offices have historically been in Colorado Springs.
With the NCHC Frozen Faceoff held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Weems hopes to maximize ticket growth and sponsorship for the tournament and league from the geographic center of the eight-team conference.
Weems’ last day at SCSU will be June 7. The search for her replacement will begin immediately.