Jasen Wise just finished his second season at the helm of the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Hockey program. In each of his first two seasons, the Falcons have set a new program record for most wins.
CUW won 10 games in 2013-14, following a seven-win season in 2012-13, the first year under Wise's direction. He has helped turn a program around that won just 10 games in five seasons prior to his arrival.
The Falcons have also succeeded in the classroom under Wise, having 14 players earn NCHA All-Academic Team honors in 2013-14. That number is the most in school history, as a player must earn a 3.30 to qualify for All-Academic honors.
In 2013-14 the Falcons set several program records, including most points scored and most goals and assists in a season. Wise led CUW to a six-game winning streak during the middle of the season, the longest such streak in program history. CUW also qualified for the NCHA Tournament, playing in the quarterfinal round against St. Scholastica.
In just two seasons Wise has coached several players who have set or are approaching program records. In 2012-13, Wise coached freshman Devin Stuermer who scored 17 points, a CUW freshman record. Year two saw another solid freshman class led by Brett Penner who broke Stuermer's freshman record with 24 points, the third highest scoring season in Falcons history. The 2013-14 produced three of the four highest scoring seasons in program history.
Wise came to CUW after eight seasons as the head coach at Marian University. Under his guidance, MU reached unprecedented heights advancing to the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament eight-consecutive seasons, earning the program's first 20-win season and having the school's first All-American. His program was included in the USCHO national poll several times. He was named the MCHA Coach of the Year twice (2007-08 and 2009-10). Wise also served as the Men's Golf coach and was the Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year in 2004.
During his time at MU, Wise directed the Sabres to seven straight winning seasons, including a school-record 20-7-0 season in 2009-10 which included a 15-game winning streak. Wise has coached 21 All-MCHA players, 14 MCHA All-Rookie Team honorees, four MCHA All-Tournament choices and five MU Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year selections. Wise also coached 14 players who went on to play professional hockey.
In addition, he has coached 44 MCHA All-Academic student-athletes who have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
In his final season with MU he directed his program to a pair of wins over nationally ranked MSOE and a tie against the NCAA Division III defending national champion, St. Norbert College. Wise's team was ranked among the national leaders in several statistical categories, including 14th in power play (23.5 percent), 20th in penalty kill (84.6 percent), 21st in scoring offense (3.58).
In 2010-11 Wise coached Dakota Dubetz who became MU's first USCHO All-American after leading the nation in assists (34). Wise also saw 14 of his student-athletes be named MCHA All-Academic, the second-most among conferences institutions.
Wise compiled a 119-88-14 overall record during his time at MU, including a 101-46-9 (.676) MCHA record. His teams won three-consecutive MCHA Northern Division titles.
Prior to arriving at MU he spent five seasons as the men's assistant coach at Hamline University. While at HU he was involved in all aspects of the hockey program, including recruiting and practice.
Wise is no stranger to the NCAA Division III hockey landscape, as he was a team captain as a player at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) during his senior year. He helped the Tommies to a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title during his junior year. Wise was the recipient of the Team Player Award his junior and senior seasons.
He began his collegiate playing career at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was an assistant captain on a squad that made an NCAA Tournament appearance. During his time with the Tigers he won the Craig Lauzon Memorial Award for 1st Year Leadership.
In his four years as a collegiate hockey player Wise posted some impressive numbers. He finished his career skating in 105 career games, finishing with 110 career points. He amassed 50 career goals and added 60 assists in his time at RIT and St. Thomas.
Wise earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1996 and also earned his Master's Degree, in athletic administration, from UST in June 2004.
His hockey background dates back to his youth days where he spent his high school playing career at West Anchorage (Alaska) and International Falls (Minn.) High School, which included playoff and state tournament appearances. From there he spent two seasons in the United State Hockey League, playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Rochester Mustangs, making a National Tournament appearance in 1990-1991. Wise played in 83 games during two seasons in the USHL and totaled 51 points. He scored 22 goals and added 29 assists, while also totaling 140 penalty minutes.
Wise and his wife Rachel have a son, Ethan, and a foster son, Noah.
|2012-13||7-18-0 (.280)||7-13-0 (.350)||6th|
|2013-14||10-13-4 (.444)||7-9-2 (.444)||6th|
|17-31-4 (.365)||14-22-2 (.395)|