Erik Fabian is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the North Dakota women's hockey staff.
His responsibilities include working with the team's penalty killing units, recruiting, scouting and basic hockey skills.
"I feel like I am going to bring a youthful exuberance to coaching," Fabian said at the time of his hiring. "I have always wanted to coach. It is where my heart lies right now and is what drew me to this opportunity. I just want to go coach and do what I can for the program."
Under his guidance, UND has set back-to-back records in succesful penalty-kill conversions, including an all-time high at 87.4 percent in 2011-12.
Fabian is a former UND men's forward (2003-07) who played professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Alaska Aces where, in 91 games, he scored 47 points, including 20 goals.
Fabian helped lead the Sioux to a 24-14-5 record as an alternate captain his senior campaign and an overall record of 108-53-14 during his four years, including a MacNaughton Cup (WCHA regular-season first place) in his freshman season. He recorded a total of 39 points (19 goals and 20 assists) in 115 games.
During his time in the Kelly Green and White, the Roseau, Minn., native, helped the Sioux to the NCAA tournament all four years, the semifinals three times and championship game once, finishing as national runner-up.
Fabian was a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection and in 2003-04 had a career-high four-point game against Minnesota State (Feb. 21, 2004), scoring a hat-trick and an additional assist. In 2004-05, Fabian scored two goals in a 4-2 Frozen Four semifinal win over Minnesota.
Fabian joins the staff after previously serving as the assistant director of The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena, where he worked with Brad Berry, who was hired as an assistant coach by the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 24, 2010.
Before UND, Fabian spent the 2002-03 season with the Topeka Scarecrows of the USHL and was a 2001 graduate of Roseau High School.
Fabian's family includes his wife, Tina, daughter, Alexis, and son, Jackson.