Team Staff Profile - Collin Hesse
(M3) Arkansas, University of
Bio: Coach Collin Hesse joins the Razorback Hockey Coach Staff this coming season as a Student Assistant Coach. Collin is the second to serve in that position, replacing Coach Michael Ensminger. Collin begins his coaching career after a successful fourteen year playing career, begun at the age of five in Plano, Texas. Over the course of his playing career, Collin played for several Dallas-area teams, including the Dallas Stars Select, DJHA Penguins, Alliance Bulldogs, and Dallas Scots. He also played for his high school, Plano West Senior High.
Among the many highlights in his youth hockey career, Collin earned the Unsung Hero award on his junior varsity team in the eighth grade and began playing varsity hockey during his freshman year in high school. Amidst balancing the competing demands of high school football, for which he played quarterback, Collin also helped his varsity hockey squad make the playoffs during his junior year. Then, in his senior year, Collin led his high school team–as captain–to a state championship. Along the way, he earned a trip to the conference all-star game and was likewise recognized as his team’s most valuable player.
Collin matriculated to the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2011. He earned a roster spot on the 11-12 University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team as a defenseman and immediately made a lasting impression. In addition to staking out playing time on the team’s power play and penalty kill units, Collin quickly established himself as reliable hard-working blueliner who led by example as a team-first player. Among several highlights during his thirteen game collegiate playing career, Collin scored a crucial goal against Grand Valley State University and assisted on a game-changing tally against Nebraska.
Although Collin unexpectedly suffered a career-ending injury in November of 2011, he immediately bounced back. He made himself indispensable to the Coaching Staff and his teammates by contributing his insights at practices, assisting during gameday operations, and continuing to support his teammates. The Razorback hockey family is lucky to have Collin back for his second season as an Ice Hog but first as a coach.
Collin will be a sophomore during the 12-13 season and the program is looking forward to his continued contributions.