Bill Selman

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Bill Selman
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born Fort Frances, ONT, Canada
Alma mater North Dakota
Playing career
1960–1963 North Dakota
Position(s) Defenceman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1966 North Dakota (assistant)
1966–1968 North Dakota
1968–1970 Minnesota–Duluth
1970–1979 St. Louis
1979–1980 Dayton Gems
1981–1983 Lake Superior State
1982 US National Team
Head coaching record
Overall 277-217-21 (.558)
Accomplishments and honors
1963 National Champion (player)
1967 WCHA Champion
1967 WCHA Tournament Champion
1968 WCHA Tournament Champion
1973 CCHA Champion
1974 CCHA Tournament Champion
1975 CCHA Champion
1975 CCHA Tournament Champion
1976 CCHA Tournament Champion
1977 CCHA Champion
1967 WCHA Coach of the Year
1977 CCHA Coach of the Year
2014 St. Louis Sport Hall of Fame President's Choice Award
2016 Hobey Baker Legends of College Hockey Award

William G. Selman (born c. 1939) is a retired head coach of men's college, university and professional ice hockey teams.[1]


Bill Selman was a three year letterman for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, winning a national title with the team in his senior season. After two seasons as an assistant in Grand Forks Selman became the third consecutive assistant coach to be promoted to head coach of the Sioux in 1966.[2] Selman led North Dakota to two conference tournament titles in each of his first two seasons, finishing as runners up in 1968. After only two years Selman left his alma mater to take over at Minnesota–Duluth. Two seasons later Selman once again changed universities, this time leading the new Division I program at Saint Louis.

The Billikens would only remain in the upper echelon for nine years but Selman stayed with the team for the entire time being a driving force behind the formation of the CCHA, capturing three conference titles, three conference tournament championships and coaching three future NHL players (Mike Krushelnyski, Mario Faubert and Lindsay Middlebrook). Once Saint Louis ended their program Selman moved on to be the head coach of the IHL's Dayton Gems for the 1979–80 season.[3] After a year off Selman was back in the college ranks, this time with the Lake Superior State Lakers. He coached Team USA at the 1982 World Ice Hockey Championships[4] but finished with a disastrous 0-6-1 record that saw the US relegated out of the top bracket. Selman would only coach Lake Superior State for 20 games the following season before retiring from coaching and taking a job with Anheuser-Busch in the sports marketing department.

In his career Selman was named as coach of the year for both the WCHA (1967) and CCHA (1977) while also receiving the 2014 President's Choice Award from the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and the 2016 Hobey Baker Legends of College Hockey Award.[5]

College Head Coaching record[6][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) (1966–1968)
1966–67 North Dakota 19-10-0 16-6-0 1st NCAA Consolation Game (Loss)
1967–68 North Dakota 20-10-3 13-8-1 3rd NCAA Runner-Up
North Dakota: 39-20-3 29-14-1
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (WCHA) (1968–1970)
1968–69 Minnesota–Duluth 6-23-0 3-19-0 8th WCHA Regional Semifinals
1969–70 Minnesota–Duluth 13-15-1 10-13-1 8th WCHA Regional Semifinals
Minnesota–Duluth: 19-38-1 13-32-1
Saint Louis Billikens (Independent) (1970–1971)
1970–71 Saint Louis 9-19-2
Saint Louis: 9-19-2
Saint Louis Billikens (CCHA) (1971–1979)
1971–72 Saint Louis 15-15-3 7-3-2 2nd CCHA Runner-Up
1972–73 Saint Louis 27-11-0 13-3-0 1st CCHA Runner-Up
1973–74 Saint Louis 28-12-0 5-3-0 2nd CCHA Champion
1974–75 Saint Louis 26-13-1 5-3-0 1st CCHA Champion
1975–76 Saint Louis 24-15-2 10-5-1 2nd CCHA Champion
1976–77 Saint Louis 27-11-1 13-2-1 1st CCHA Runner-Up
1977–78 Saint Louis 21-17-2 10-10-0 2nd CCHA Runner-Up
1978–79 Saint Louis 16-16-3 9-13-2 5th
Saint Louis: 184-110-12 72-42-6
Lake Superior State Lakers (CCHA) (1981–1982)
1981–82 Lake Superior State 19-17-3 11-15-2 5th CCHA Quarterfinals
1982–83 Lake Superior State 7-13-0† 5-11-0†
Lake Superior State: 26-30-3 16-26-2
Total: 277-217-21

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Selman resigned in December 1982


  1. ^ "BILL SELMAN". St. Louis Sport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  2. ^ "2015-16 North Dakota Media Guide" (PDF). University of North Dakota. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Canada Confident of win over Italy: The Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 1982, page 35
  5. ^ "Former Lakers coach Bill Selman named Hobey Baker "Legend of College Hockey"". Lake Superior State Athletics. 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  6. ^ "2013-14 Lake Superior State Lakers Media Guide 28-46" (PDF). Lake Superior State Lakers. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 

External links[edit]

Bill Selman career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John MacInnes
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Murray Armstrong
Preceded by
Ron Mason
CCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Ron Mason
Sporting positions
Preceded by
St. Louis Head Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Larry Mickey
Dayton Gems (IHL) Head Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rick Yeo
Lake Superior Head Coach
Succeeded by
Frank Anzalone