In October 2021, Augustana University has announced that it will host the Viking Men’s Hockey Program — is slated to hit the ice in fall 2023. The public announcement came during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the UA campus for the program’s new $40 million Midco Arena. The hockey program, which will compete at the NCAA Division I level, will be the Vikings’ 23rd collegiate sport and the first of its kind in South Dakota.
Within Midco Arena will be a strength and conditioning facility, thanks to the support of Augustana alumnus Tom Walsh Sr. ’72 and his wife, Augustana Board Member Kathy Walsh (BOT) – long-time supporters of the AU community.
“The City of Sioux Falls and AU will have a beautiful, state-of-the-art hockey arena,” Kathy said. “This should increase interest from prospective students and improve the campus experience.”
In addition to leading several charitable foundations, Tom is best known for serving as a program coordinator for the Minnehaha County Juvenile Justice System, developing and operating Burger King restaurants in the area, and founding GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.
Kathy, a former teacher, has volunteered with several organizations including the Sioux Falls Junior League, South Dakota Catholic Community Foundation, Augustana Booster Board, O’Gorman High School Parent Advisory Board, and Sanford Health Foundation Board. Now the couple are involved in the making of Augustana’s new Midco Arena.
“It will be a source of pride for students, faculty and our community,” added Tom. “This shows Augustana’s commitment to excellence and growth.”
For more information on how to contribute to the program, visit augielink.com/hockey.