Matt Loen enters his ninth season as head coach for the men’s ice hockey team in 2016-2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Blugold's ended their 2015-2016 season tying for first in the WIAC with a 5-2-1 record, and a 15-6-6 record overall.
In 2012-2013 Loen led the Blugolds to win the NCAA Division III National Championship in Lake Placid, New York. That year, Loen was named the USCHO and D3Hockey.com National Coach of the Year. The Blugolds also won the NCHA and WIAC Conference Championships in 2012-2013.
Loen ranks 12th on the all-time WIAC Coaches Wins List. He has been named WIAC Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2013. He has also been named NCHA Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013. Loen is the school’s all-time leader in wins with a .586 win percentage. He has an overall record of 136-93-21.
Under Loen, a number of Blugolds have earned post-season honors. He coached 10 first team All-NCHA and 12 NCHA honorable mentions recipients, with a total of 34 NCHA All-Academic. In the WIAC he has coached 17 first team All-WIAC and 19 honorable mentions and three WIAC Scholar-Athlete. He has coached four All-Americans and one Academic All-American.
Loen has played in over 500 games professionally. He was named Rookie of the Year in the United Hockey League (UHL) for the Madison Monsters. He played for Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL), the top farm team for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League (IHL), the top team in Nashville Predators’ farm system. He is a multiple-time minor league All-Star.
Loen graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1995. He was a 1st team All-American and the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year in 1994-1995. In 1994 and 1995 he was a first team All-NCHA selection and in 1994 he was a All-Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) selection.
Loen is married to Carla and the couple have one son (Max) and one daughter (Emma).