St. Thomas Academy's Mike Randolph earned his 700th win on Saturday in a 5-1 triumph over Tartan. Photo courtesy St. Thomas Academy
OAKDALE - Mike Randolph became just the third boys' hockey coach in state history to record 700 or more victories on Saturday when he reached the milestone with St. Thomas Academy's 5-1 win over Tartan at Tartan Arena.
Randolph, who has a 700-228-36 career record spanning 35 seasons and three programs, joins retired coaches Lorne Grosso of Rochester Mayo and Roy Nystrom of Albert Lea as the only state coaches to earn 700 or more wins. Grosso and Nystrom, both retired, finished their careers with 707 and 705 wins, respectively.
Randolph earned the bulk of his wins at Duluth East, which he led to the state tournament 18 times, starting in 1991 and ending in 2019, in his more than three decades leading the program. He guided the Greyhounds to state championships in 1995 and 1998.
Randolph is in his second season as St. Thomas Academy's head coach. He served as an associate head coach under Trent Eigner for a season before taking over the program. Randolph has a 29-11-1 record in his two seasons leading the Cadets.