Varsity Co-Head Coach
Steve Persian returns to Orono for his seventh season of coaching in the program. During the first 4 seasons with the Spartan Girls Program, the team won 4 consecutive Wright County Conference titles. Coach Persian was recognized as the Section 6A assistant coach of the year in 2015. Prior to coaching at the high school level, Coach Persian spent over 20 years coaching within the Orono and Wayzata youth hockey programs, including both girls and boys teams. Coach Persian has coached many Advanced Program and Senior Classic teams. Coach Persian is a USA hockey Level 5 coach.
Prior to his coaching career, Coach Persian played youth hockey in Wayzata and then went on to play college hockey at St. John’s University. During his college career, he became the all-time leading scorer in school history. While at St. John’s, Coach Persian was a 3 time captain, 3 time all-conference and team MVP award recipient. Coach Persian was also a 2 time All-American nominee.
Coach Persian has 2 boys that both played for Orono (Ben-2009 and Sam-2011). Ben went on to play hockey at the US Air Force Academy where he graduated in 2015. Ben is currently stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. Sam went on to attend St. John’s University where he graduated in 2016. He did post-graduate schooling in Denver and is now working as a software developer. Coach Persian has been married to Kathy Persian for 27 years. Kathy currently works at the Schwan’s Food Company within Information Technology.
Varsity Co-Head Coach
Phone: (612) 232-3471
Coach Radloff has been coaching girl’s high school hockey since its inception in 1995-96 starting with the first Orono team in 1996-97 for three years, winning two conference championships with his only daughter, BreAnn, as part of that team. He then was hired to coach at Blake where he was on staff for 11 years prior to his current Orono position. While at Blake he was part of 10 conference championships, 3 section championships and 3 state championships. He also received the section 5A assistant coach of the year twice during his tenure at Blake.
He begins his 7th season at Orono starting in the 2011-2012 season with an overall record of 80-42-11 with 4 Wright County conference championships and a conference record of 34-8-4. He has also been selected section 5A coach of the year once during his six years at Orono. He is active in the USA Hockey High Performance 14/15 program where he was the district 3 head coach for 5 years. He currently serves as the section 2A coaches representative, the senior classic and All State selection committee and serves on the executive board of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association and on the girls tournament all-tournament selection committee. Coach Radloff has a daughter, BreAnn, son, Jonathan, and 4 grandchildren, Cadence, Acelyn, Royce, and Elise that occupy any free time when he’s not coaching.
Mike Umland returns for his seventh season as a Varsity Assistant coach focusing primarily on the defensive players. Coach Umland played high school hockey at Osseo prior to playing as a forward for Gustavus Aldolphus College. He has coached girls in the Wayzata youth program for 9 years from U10-U14. Coach Umland’s favorite hockey role model is Quentin Carlson from Osseo.
JV Co-Head Coach
Amanda Kane returns for her second season as a co-head Junior Varsity coach for the Spartans. Coach Kane played high school hockey in North St. Paul prior to a collegiate career at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She coached for four years in the Eau Claire Youth Hockey Association and coached in this year’s fall Premier Prep League. Coach Kane’s hockey role model is Gordie Howe.
JV Co-Head Coach
Jim Smith returns for his seventh season as the co-head Junior Varsity/Assistant Varsity coach for the Orono Girls High School team. Prior to joining the Orono coaching staff he coached 15 years in Wayzata. Coach Smith grew up playing defense for Robbinsdale High School. His favorite hockey role model is Lou Nanne.
Rob Rude returns for his third season as Goalie and co-head Junior Varsity coach for the Orono. Coach Rude played goalie while growing up in the White Bear Lake Youth Association. He has coached in the youth programs in Rochester, Northfield, and for 12 years in Wayzata. Coach Rude has served on several volunteer board positions for the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association. His hockey role model is his father Bob Rude who coached Peewee hockey when he was growing up. Coach Rude always appreciated his father’s fun and inclusive approach to coaching.
Jami Anderson returns for his fifth season as Goalie Coach for the Orono Spartans. He played his high school hockey for Osseo prior to playing goalie in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers and the Des Moines Buccaneers. Coach Anderson has coached girl’s hockey for Blake High School and Mound-Westonka. His hockey role models are Bruce Plante and the late Brano Stankovsky.
Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Athletic training services are provided to Orono High School through the Institute for Athletic Medicine a service of Fairview Health Services.
All student athletes may utilize the services that are offered by the Institute for Athletic Medicine and Orono High School once the appropriate consent to treat form has been signed by a parent or guardian. This form is now adopted through the MSHSL forms.
The athletic trainer is able to provide these services:
Every effort is made to provide athletic training services at most scheduled home JV and Varsity events. It is my goal to contact parents / guardians in the event of an injury to discuss treatment options and return to play decisions.